Hot chillies in food, especially in South Indian and Punjabi dishes is a sense of taste as well as sour for many but new studies have found that chillies do help in weight loss. Whether this would make obese people any good or not is still under radar, Indians can look at their hot chilly-based foods with content now.
Since chillies are rich capsaicin, an ingredient that works on nerves in the stomach to thwart overeating and helps reduce weight, scientistsIf say making it part of your daily diet is a must now.
Researchers from the University of Adelaide discovered hot chilli receptors in the stomach recognise signals of hot chillies and send the signal of fullness in stomach. “This activation is regulated through hot chilli pepper or TRPV1 receptors in the stomach,” said Amanda Page, lead researcher from the University of Adelaide.
While it is not new that capsaicin found in hot chillies reduces food intake, the team discovered that TRPV1 receptors which should recognise hot chillies are obliterated by high-fat diet and it is intense in obese humans.
“Deletion of TRPV1 receptors dampens the response of gastric nerves to stretch, resulting in a delayed feeling of fullness,” said Page.
To make the capsaicin give the effect or signal of fulness, fat food should be less at the same time. “We now know that the consumption of capsaicin may be able to prevent overeating through an action on nerves in the stomach,” said Dr Stephen Kentish, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellow from University of Adelaide, another team members.
Now that they are sure of the effect of hot chillies, the team of Adelaide university’s medical school are embarking upon further investigation of the mechanisms behind TRPV1 receptor activation to address the larger obesity menace that is affecting many people in the US and other developed countries, including emerging nations like India with huge population craving for junk food.
“We will also do further work to determine why a high-fat diet de-sensitises TRPV1 receptors and investigate if we can reverse the damage,” said Kentish. The findings have been published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Earlier studies have proved that hot chilli pepper in fact, induces cancer cells commit suicide thus, becoming a potential panacea to stem cancer growth in stomach. Armed with the new finding, chillies will soon become an important ingredient in human foods all over the world.