Rev up with the spice of life.

Hot chili peppers do more than just give you a warm and tingly flush.

The active ingredient in the peppers, capsaicin, also stokes your metabolism for an hour after you eat it, says celebrity chef Jennifer Iserloh, who developed recipes for Joy Bauer’s Food Cures.

Eating spicy foods also helps you feel full faster, so you won’t overeat, and the peppers, low in calories, are good sources of vitamin C.

Start by sprinkling a few red chili flakes over Italian dishes, Iserloh suggests, or by subbing a fresh jalapeño for a bell pepper in a recipe.

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