Nutritionist debunks a common myth about hot spices
Dr. Antonina Starodubova, chief nutritionist at the Moscow Ministry of Health, said that hot spices do not help to lose weight.
In an interview with the Russian news agency Novosti, the expert pointed out that many believe that hot spices help to get rid of excess weight.
She says: “Unfortunately, there is a popular belief that adding hot spices and seasonings to food helps to reduce weight. But in fact, it can only help maintain normal body weight and metabolism. From a medical point of view, we must understand that eating hot foods can exacerbate chronic diseases or diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, etc.
And he adds: To maintain normal body weight, it is useful, in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and daily physical activity, to add various types of spices and seasonings, “because they enrich food with appetizing flavors and aromas.” most importantly, they help reduce salt intake in food, and this salt, according to WHO recommendations, should be no more than 5g per day.
The expert notes that hot red pepper, containing natural alkaline capsaicin, has a stimulating effect on the organs of the digestive system, contributes to the normalization of fat metabolism, and also has a positive effect on metabolism.
“However, even healthy adults are not recommended to consume more than 10-15 grams of fresh chili and 0.2-0.5 grams of dry chili per day,” she says.