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8 Metabolism-Boosting Super Foods


Launch your body into fat-meltdown mode with these 8 metabolism-boosting foods

5. Jalapeno Peppers

Boosting Ingredient: Capsaicin

Capsaicin is the chemical in peppers that gives them their hotness and bite. When you eat jalapenos the capsaicin causes an increase in your heart rate, which in turn raises your metabolism. Capsaicin also temporarily stimulates a higher release of stress hormones in your body, resulting in an elevated metabolic rate and increased calorie burning. Research has shown that eating one spicy meal can cause a 25% increase to your metabolic rate and can augment calorie burning for up to three hours after the meal. Furthermore, studies conducted at Laval University (Quebec, Canada) demonstrated that men who regularly consumed hot peppers (red, jalapeno, habanero and cayenne) in snacks and meals burned approximately 1,000 more calories per day (you read that right!) than the control group.

Nutrient Breakdown: Per 1 cup, sliced

      • Calories: 27
      • Protein: 1 g
      • Carbs: 5 g
      • Fats: 0.5 g
      • Fiber: 2.5 g

6. Grapefruit

Boosting Ingredient: Vitamin C

Grapefruit is by far the most common vitamin-C fruit to amplify the function of your metabolic system. Research has demonstrated that vitamin C has some fat-burning capabilities; half a grapefruit contains 38.4 milligrams of this powerful vitamin, which is more than one-third of your daily requirements. Studies have also noted that chemicals in grapefruit may reduce levels of insulin, thus helping to regulate fat metabolism. When insulin is steady, the body processes energy more efficiently. In a 12-week study conducted at The Scripps Research Institute (Jupiter, Florida), scientists discovered that subjects who consumed a half grapefruit before each meal, three times a day, lost an average of 3.5 pounds, while those who consumed the same meals but no grapefruit lost only 0.5 pounds. Editor’s note: If you take any medications, check with your doctor before adding this fruit to your diet because grapefruit can interact adversely with certain prescription drugs.

Nutrient Breakdown: Per ½ fruit

      • Calories: 52
      • Protein: 1 g
      • Carbs: 13 g
      • Fats: 0 g
      • Fiber: 2 g

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