Peppers, particularly green peppers, have large amounts of vitamin C, which is actually a potent fat releaser. Research has found people with inadequate levels of vitamin C hold on to fat more readily, so munching on foods rich in the stuff can trigger your body into a weight loss mode. “The colors, crunch, and options from sweet to earthy to spicy allow you to personalize peppers to your flavor preferences,” Zeratsky says. Plus, vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, so cooking peppers with beef or spinach can make for a powerful combination. What’s more, a study published in the journal PLOS ONE found hot chili peppers trigger a nerve in your stomach that creates the sensation of fullness and tells your body its had enough food—amazing when you’re trying to lose weight!
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