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Imagine having to eat a piece of chocolate or cake
to lose weight – that’s right – sounds like it’s too good to be true. But
manufacturers claim to have discovered an ingredient derived from chilli peppers
that could be added to any pudding or treat to make the red hot idea a reality.
Called dihydrocapsiate (DHC), it is tasteless and speeds up the body’s
metabolism, helping it use up more calories, reports the Daily Mail.
It is one of several chemical compounds known as capsinoids found in a
particular variety of chilli and is already sold in the form of diet supplement
pills in the US and Japan.
Now a Japanese food firm Ajinomoto has submitted plans to the Food Standards
Agency watchdog with the aim of adding it to chocolate bars, desserts and ready
meals targeted towards dieters. The FSA has recently declared the extract safe.
However, dieticians say that eating the foods won’t really have any effect.
They claim that in reality, a person weighing 15 stone consuming the recommended
portions of foods containing DHC would probably burn off only 50 extra calories
a day – the equivalent of a digestive biscuit.
Ajinomoto plans to make the ingredient synthetically as only very small amounts
can be derived from chilli peppers. Up to 3mg would be added to a portion of
food – the amount of extract found in ten chillies.
The firm insisted it was not trying to claim people would be able to lose weight
simply by eating their food. It would have to be part of an overall healthy diet
and active lifestyle to achieve results.
Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said it was a “very interesting idea.”
“But as ever, the proof is in the pudding,” he added.
( Courtesy: Indian Express