Black pepper to fight obesity? Strange as it sounds researchers have narrowed down on this innocuous condiment as a potential obesity deterrent. Research shows that piperine – the substance that gives pepper its characteristic taste block the formation of fat cells.
Soo-Jong Um, Ji-Cheon Jeong and colleagues describe previous studies indicating that piperine reduces fat levels in the bloodstream and has other beneficial health effects. Despite the fact that black pepper has been around for so long scientists have never really studied its properties. Their laboratory studies and computer models found that piperine interferes with the activity of genes that control the formation of new fat cells. In doing so, piperine may also set off a metabolic chain reaction that helps keep fat in check in other ways. The group suggests that the finding may lead to wider use of piperine or black-pepper extracts in fighting obesity and related diseases. The study has been published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
However we don’t really think pepper can help you and if you want to really lose weight you’d be better off with some cardio, weight training and by eating these food items that will help weight loss.