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Pepper Compound, Dihydrocapsiate (DCT), Could Aid in Weight Loss

April 27, 2010: 11:40 PM EST
A University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) study suggests the heat-inducing traits of pepper could help people lose weight by increasing heat production. The study assessed the weight-loss potential of plants containing dihydrocapsiate (DCT), a naturally occurring and non-burning compound related to capsaicin from hot pepper but found in the pepper CH-19 Sweet. In the experiment, 34 men and women went on a low-calorie liquid diet for 28 days; the subjects then randomly took either placebo pills or DCT-containing supplements. Results showed increased energy expenditure among the group that consumed the highest amount of DCT. The study suggests DCT consumption together with a low calorie diet could aid in weight loss.
T.Y. Amy Lee, Alona Zerlin, Gail Thames, Zhaoping Li and David Heber , "Effects of dihydrocapsiate on diet-induced thermogenesis following 4 weeks of very low calorie dieting.", Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, April 27, 2010, © Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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