Early research suggests chilis help with weight loss and have other health benefits.

A group of UPEI researchers with the department of applied human sciences are looking for Islanders to participate in a new 12-week spicy food study.

Researchers will give participants ​supplements with capsaicinoids, the substance that gives chili peppers their heat. Researchers will then analyze the effect on metabolism, weight, body composition, cardiovascular function, and exercise performance.

"We've seen caffeine can also have an impact that's similar," said Pamela Arsenault, a post-doctoral fellow in applied human sciences who is leading the research.

Short-term studies have shown this ingredient can increase weight loss and cardiovascular health, and she hopes this larger long-term study will add to those findings.

"We want to see if maybe the supplement would give the same negative effects as caffeine as increasing your heart rate and blood pressure as well," she said.  

Researchers are looking for 40 Islanders to participate who are between the ages of 18 and 45, non-smokers, and are either a healthy weight or slightly overweight. Participants will be paid and all data collected will be confidential and anonymous.


  • This story previously misidentified Pamela Arsenault as a professor. She is a post doctoral fellow.
    May 01, 2014 9:42 AM AT