Chili's effect on diabetes: real science, real medicine

Topics: Obesity and Weight Loss, Wellness and Health

Researchers randomized 36 people to 4 weeks of chili diet and bland diet, and then switched them. They added a bland supplement and a chili supplement. Mean age was 46 years, and mean BMI was 26.3 kg/m2. All had diabetes.

A bland diet with a bland supplement gave the highest concentrations of insulin and glucose after the meal.

A chili-containing diet with a chili supplement gave the lowest concentrations of insulin and glucose after the meal.
Chili’s effects on diabetes is from 30 grams (1 ounce) of a chili blend.

This crossover randomized design is excellent science: though the number of people are small, the effects are not.

30 g/day of Freshly Chopped Chili Blend (55% cayenne chili, water, sugar, salt, acetic acid, and xanthan). Capsaicin content was 33-mg/30 g-chili blend; capsaicin is rich in antioxidants.

Diabetes can be treated with effective medication and good medical care, and should be. Many good choices exist.

But it can also be powerfully prevented with lifestyle change, even when it is pre-diabetes.

Chili, for example, produces weight loss in animals by changing their metabolism. In people, it reduces how many calories you eat, increases how many you burn, and increases fat oxidation in women.

Chili for diabetes. Who knew?