Thursday, June 1, 2023
Cold Thermogenesis

Flashback Friday: Boosting Brown Fat Through Diet

The fat-burning properties of brown adipose tissue can be boosted by cold exposure, certain flavor molecules, and arginine-rich foods.

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For more on the arginine story, see Fat Burning Via Arginine ( The arginine may also play a role in the effects nuts may have on penile blood flow (Pistachio Nuts for Erectile Dysfunction:

Spicy food may also help with digestive disorders (Cayenne Pepper for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Indigestion: and the hot pepper compound can be a lifesaver for cluster headache sufferers (Hot Sauce in the Nose for Cluster Headaches?

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33 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Boosting Brown Fat Through Diet
  1. I eat my peanuts with a LOT of cayenne pepper. BEWARE if you want to pick in my peanuts !! Some time, I even add my own recepices of hot pepper powder in it (trinidad, carolina repear, ghost pepper). Noboby want to mess with my peanuts lol
    I think I have an capseisin adiction… and the more I eat, the more I need. Is this a drug ? I use hot pepper in almost everything that I eat.

  2. That is bad news for me. I am skinny and have problem gaining weight, i am not underweight but skinny. I go outside in a T-Shirt at below 10°C, without having cold, and i like to eat all this food. I don't want to stop eating my food nor use a jacket when it is cold.
    Is there a other way to reduce the production of brown fat while still eating healthy?

  3. I love your videos! Thanks for going through all the difficult research and educating all of us in a simple and understandable way! There is a lot of conflicting information out there and it's easy to get lost!

  4. I put chillies in just everything. Even my tea, my chutney, icicles.
    I'm super obsessed with it. I even keep some leaves of Bhut Jholokia near my bed to ward of any mosquitoes and even provide warmth in very cold winters. 😅

  5. The hot spicy pepper diet! I could go for that, to a point. At least we know peppers are very healthy for other reasons too. Especially jalapeños, loaded in vitamin C and everything. Now I know why everybody that eating super hot spicy food is dripping sweat while eating. But, I am definitely going to increase how many peppers I eat each day. I’ll stick with extra seeds, nuts and legumes as well. They didn’t include Mexicans in that comparison study? I know a few that can eat a lot of hot peppery food.

  6. Stop putting flashback friday in the title it makes it seem less important! The rest of the title is great! I want you to have more viewers so people can get healthier.

  7. Interesting. A 92 yr. old friend of the family eats ultra hot peppers every day. He is thin and has been for the 40 years I’ve known him.

    Eating more soy foods….NO. Too much estrogen and glyphosphate.

  8. I always put Jalapenos on my bunless Bacon Cheeseburgers and I always sprinke my eggs with Cayenne pepper. Yeah, Baby!
    Anyway, adults naturally have very little brown fat… we simply don't need it for heat generation like infants do.

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