Hot chilli and cold weather help keep weight off: study
SCIENTISTS have discovered that prolonged exposure to cold temperatures and eating chili peppers can help to prevent people putting on weight as they get older.
In a ground-breaking study from Japan, it has been shown that both cold and a chemical found in the peppers have similar effects in building up levels of BAT (brown adipose tissue), which helps regulate the way the body expends energy.
BAT is a kind of tissue that exists in all babies, found around the neck and chest, but which gradually breaks down as adults get older. This rate varies between people, and previous studies have proven there is a link between BAT levels dropping off and age-related weight-gain setting in.
This is the first time anyone has been able to prove BAT levels can be made to recover once lost. Scientists exposed test subjects to moderately low temperatures - 19°C - for two hours every day over six weeks.
When compared to a control group that went about their lives as normal, those subjected to cold showed increased levels of BAT - and also lost around 5 per cent of their body fat.