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5 Foods That Warm You Up While Slimming You Down

Registered Dietitian Erin Palinski-Wade, CDE, shares her top picks.

Spicy foods are linked to speeding up the metabolism.

Spicy foods are linked to speeding up the metabolism.
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#1 Hot Peppers

If you like spicy foods, you are in luck. Hot peppers are rich in capsaicin, a compound that has thermogenic properties, which essentially heats up the body, increasing metabolism and overall calorie burn in one-quarter of U.S. adults.(1) But that's not the only benefit! Another study (2) found that consuming an increased amount of capsaicin for 10 weeks lowered obesity-induced insulin resistance in mice. Try adding hot pepper into warm dishes such as chili or eggs. You can even use the ground or flaked form to season foods for an extra kick!
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