Being muy caliente pays off in a big way. Spicy food makes you break into a sweat because it’s speeding up your metabolism. Additionally, a Japanese study found that participants who had a breakfast with red pepper ate less during the day. That’s because they contain the appetite suppressant capsacin.
This benefit isn’t just limited to red peppers. Any pepper will suppress your appetite. Hot peppers also give you a metabolic boost. The more you burn, the more you burn. Get it? So the next time you see a pepper symbol on a menu, order up.