A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE looked at the relationship between hot chili pepper receptors in the stomach and the feeling of fullness in rats. Researchers found that chili peppers can activate a nerve in the stomach that tells the body it has had enough food. A great thing if you’re trying to lose weight!  A high fat diet, on the other hand, can interfere with these receptors which can lead to obesity.  This study opens the door to exciting new research and new theories about chili peppers and weight loss.

But in the mean time, feel free to indulge in lots of spicy foods! Previous studies have also found that capsaicin, a natural compound found in chili peppers, can slightly increase your metabolism a few hours after eating. It’s just another great reason to add these 10 healthy, spicy recipes to your diet!