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Rev Up Your Metabolism with Spicy Foods

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Can spicy foods really boost your metabolism? Or is that a big myth?
Air Date: 10/4/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Wayne Scott Andersen, MD
Wayne AndersenDr. Wayne Scott Andersen is the Co-founder and Medical Director of Take Shape For Life and the Co-founder of the Health Institute.

His groundbreaking book, Dr. A's Habits of Health, is a core component of his successful program. He and his wife Lori were the first Presidential Directors and have had a huge influence on the 10,000+ Health Coaches, especially those with the organization today.

Dr. A is the heart and soul of Take Shape For Life. An innovator and tireless champion of America's health, he is dedicated to providing the means for those who want to make a difference in the fight against obesity. He is the former Director of the Surgical Critical Care Program and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Grandview Hospital.
Rev Up Your Metabolism with Spicy Foods
If you're trying to lose weight, cut back on calories, eat healthier or all the above, the answer may be in the spices you're using in your food.

Capsaicin, is the active component in chili and jalapeño peppers, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce that gives these items their heat. It has been shown to help boost your metabolism. Capsaicin is also known for reducing levels of hunger-causing ghrelin, a hunger stimulating amino acid which contributes to you indulging way more than you should.

Studies have shown that by incorporating ingredients that contain capsaicin, you can provide a temporary rise in your metabolism up to eight percent greater than your normal metabolic rate.

Dr. Wayne Scott Anderson explains why spicy foods are such a hot commodity right now, and if they really boost your metabolism.