13 October 2010

Sweet Peppers May Aid Weight Managment

Sweet Peppers, More than Good Food

Capsinoids, non-pungent compounds in sweet pepper, may boost energy use by
promoting the use of fat as the energy source, suggests a new study from Canada.

A daily 10 milligram dose of purified capsinoids increased energy use by 20
percent, according to findings from scientists from the Exercise Metabolism
Research Group at McMaster University.

“This study was the first to assess the effect of capsinoids and aerobic
exercise together in humans on measures of substrate oxidation and energy
expenditure,”
wrote the researchers, led by Stuart Phillips.

None of the apparent beneficial effects on energy use were carried over to
the exercising state, although this may be due to the exercise regime being too
intense, said the researchers.

“Further studies are needed to assess this, possibly implementing an
exercise regimen that more closely mimics daily routines of the general North
American population, i.e. activity that is less strenuous and shorter,”
they
stated.

The study supports the potential weight
management
actions of capsinoids, sisters compounds to the more famous and
more pungent compound capsaicin.

The new study was supported by Ajinomoto Inc. The FDA issued a GRAS letter of
no objection to Ajinimoto in early 2009 for the company's capsinoid
ingredient .

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