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Jalapeno Diet

By Michelle Zehr ; Updated July 18, 2017

Jalapenos add a little spice to any meal. Jalapenos are a very healthy food and can be added regularly to your diet to reap the benefits. One of the little-known health benefits of the jalapeno is its weight loss qualities. Jalapenos get your heart pumping, which jump-starts your metabolism. According to nutritionist Joy Bauer, if you are ready to speed up your metabolism add jalapenos to your diet.

Foods That Burn Fat

Foods that assist in burning fat do so by either giving your metabolism a boost or aiding in the breakdown of fatty components. On their own, fat-burning foods cannot burn up fat and reduce calorie storage. But consuming them in proper combination with fruits and vegetables is the way to make them effective burning fat. These foods metabolize at a quicker rate than others, especially when combined with exercise. Foods that contain fiber or are rich in vitamin C are especially beneficial when it comes to fat burning. As with starting any new diet plan, you should consult your physician or a nutritionist to ensure proper health and nutrition.

Metabolism Boosters

According to nutritionist Joy Bauer, you should not consume less than 1,000 calories per day. Your body needs food to function. Crash dieting will only cause your metabolism to slow down to conserve energy. Bauer also recommends eating every four to five hours. As your body works to digest and absorb food, your metabolism increases as a response. This effect is considered to be thermogenic. Thermogenic foods include garlic, peppers, cinnamon, mustard, vinegar, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, lemons, ginger, cabbage, berries, parsley, celery, grapefruit, soups, oatmeal and fatty fish.


According to Susan Roberts, chief of the energy-metabolic laboratory at Tufts University in Boston, high-energy foods and snacks keep your metabolism running. The secret ingredient that jump starts your metabolism is capsaicin. Capsaicin is the chemical found inside jalapenos and many other peppers. Found in several plants, capsaicin provides these species with a natural defense against animals who would consume all vegetation, according to researchers at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Presenting a hot, burning sensation, capsaicin not only discourages overeating by foragers, it gets the heart pumping, which kick-starts the metabolism. Capsaicin can serve as an appetite suppressant, metabolism booster and a fat-burning substance.

Adding Jalapenos to Your Diet

Jalapenos can be added to virtually any food. Peppers can be fresh, cooked or raw. For individuals who may not like fresh hot peppers, you can use dried hot peppers in your cooking and food prep, as the dried peppers still contain capsaicin. Additionally, jalapenos can be eaten by themselves if you enjoy spicy foods.

Jalapeno Diet

According to the cookbook, "Jalapeno Diet Madness," there are many options for creating healthy, well-balanced meals that include jalapenos. For basic meals, you can simply add jalapenos to hard-boiled eggs. If you would prefer to get more creative with your meals, you can make a jalapeno jelly, which includes jalapenos, cilantro, seasonings, broccoli and tomatoes. You can then add the jalapeno atop a serving of catfish for a healthy meal. For a quick fix, chop up jalapenos and add them to your favorite well-balanced meals. Jalapenos can top poultry, fish and salads.


A study conducted by Laval University in Quebec shows that participants who consumed pepper-packed meals and snacks were able to burn in excess of 1,000 calories more than those in a control group who did not consume jalapenos. Additionally, small snacks with jalapenos and other peppers can help keep your body from running out of fuel. When your body runs out of fuel, your metabolic rate can temporarily drop, making it harder to burn calories.

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