Spicy Jamaican Okra (spicy food helps to burn calories?)


Research says:  Sort of.  Spicy foods’ reputation for weight loss and metabolism boosting is very popular …but is it true? Your metabolic rate is determined by your gender, height, present weight/body composition, and age.

If you’ve ever broken out into a sweat while munching on Buffalo wings or downing a bowl of spicy chili, you have experienced one of the long-rumored effects of capsaicin – it generates body heat. This process, called thermogenesis, does burn calories.

However, this effect is modest and temporary, only lasting for a couple of hours. As soon as your body’s reaction to the spicy food is finished and returns to a normal temperature, your metabolism will go back to functioning at the rate it did before you ate the spicy food.



Here's the recipe:

Sauté 1 chopped onion and 6 cloves of chopped garlic in oil until soft.  Stir in 6 ripe chopped tomatoes, 1/4 tsp. of curry powder, chopped basil, 1 tsp. sugar and 3/4 cup of water.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Add 1lb. young okra.  Simmer for 20 minutes and serve with rice.

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