Thursday, February 5, 2015

Coconut Oil and Chili Peppers Together Increases Thermogenesis Leading to Weight Loss 

Coconut-Chili-PepperHealth Impact News Editor Comments: A new study shows that chili peppers and coconut oil together can induce thermogenesis and lead to weight loss. (Note: nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides is coconut oil.)


Capsaicin, the active ingredient of chilli, and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) have been shown to increase diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT), improve satiety and decrease energy intake.   Combinations of thermogenic ingredients have previously been investigated such as mustard and chilli, or capsaicin and green tea with positive effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the combined effects of chilli and MCT feeding on DIT and satiety in healthy volunteers.


Seven healthy volunteers were tested on four occasions following an overnight fast. Volunteers were fed a breakfast containing chilli and MCT oil, chilli and sunflower oil, bell pepper and sunflower oil or bell pepper and MCT oil. Satiety and gastrointestinal comfort were measured using visual analogue scales (VAS) and category scales. Baseline energy expenditure, and DIT and fat oxidation were measured for 6 h using indirect calorimetry.

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