When we are full the stomach becomes stretched, nerves in the body are alerted and they send signals to show when we are satisfied and should stop eating.
Australian researchers found that if a diet is high in fat, the receptors signalling fullness are impaired, leading to overeating and in turn, obesity. But recent studies have found that the spicy compound named capsaicin, found in chilli peppers can also stimulate the ‘fullness-receptors’.
The new findings support previous reports that this receptor is able to help prevent high-fat diet-related obesity.
Professor Amanda Page carried out the research, she said, “We found that these receptors in the body are activated through hot chilli peppers.”
“It is known from previous studies that the capsaicin compound can reduce food intake in humans.”
Eating a high-fat diet can disrupt the response of these receptors. This results in the delayed sensation of fullness and leads to people eating more food...