Weight Loss Tip: Use Hot Peppers or Hot Sauce as a Condiment

Weight Loss Tip 81 - Use Hot Peppers or Hot Sauce as a CondimentWeight Loss Tip 81 - Use Hot Peppers or Hot Sauce as a Condiment

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Substituting hot peppers or hot sauce for condiments can reduce your calorie intake 

Weight Loss Tip 81 - Use Hot Peppers or Hot Sauce as a Condiment

Weight Loss Tip 81 – Use Hot Peppers or Hot Sauce as a Condiment

Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers

Most of us would not think a small drizzle of our favorite condiment would much of a difference to our calorie count or weight.  The problem is that most of us go overboard and a what is a little ends up being a lot.  All of that extra fat or sugar can make a huge difference.  To illustrate this, I am going to use two foods: ketchup and mayonnaise.  

 

Mayonnaise is pretty much all fat.  Most of us overdue mayonnaise when we add it to our foods.  We assume that we only use a single serving.  A single tablespoon has 94-100 calories and is nearly 100% fat.  That is about 5-10% of your calories from food that has almost no nutritional value.  Since we overdo it, it is probably worse than this.  

Ketchup is not that high in calories, but it can be high in sugar.  Up to 80% of the calories in ketchup are from sugar, and most ketchup gets their sugar content from high fructose corn syrup.  Like mayonnaise, ketchup is very limited in its nutritional value.  

Hot peppers may boost your metabolism and people who eat hot peppers tend to eat less.  They add a lot a flavor and are very low in calories.  I would recommend them in place of almost any condiment other than regular mustard.  Your favorite honey mustard is probably high in sugar, but regular mustard is very low in calories and sugar.  

The bottom line: Hot pepper may boost your metabolism, but they will definitely reduce your food intake.  If you can tolerate the spice, I recommend hot peppers for every meal.  

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ChuckH

I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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