What Vegetables Burn Fat?


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Eating vegetables rich in fiber, such as broccoli, kale or brussels sprouts, boosts your metabolism, which helps to burn fat. Vegetables containing capsaicin, such as chili peppers, also help to burn fat by creating heat in your body.

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Fiber helps with weight loss because it keeps your digestive system moving by binding to bile and blocking the absorption of excess cholesterol. Fiber-filled foods also keep you feeling full longer. Avocado, one of the most fiber-rich foods available, packs 8 grams of fiber per cup, as do sun-dried tomatoes. Cruciferous vegetables, such as salad greens, spinach and cauliflower are fibrous all-stars. Munch on carrots or celery for a fiber-filled snack, or add some mushrooms to your favorite recipes for a fiber-packed punch.

Capsaicin, the photochemical responsible for burning your taste buds in spicy dishes, also has fat-burning properties. Chili peppers are especially rich in capsaicin. Cayenne, spur and tabasco peppers contain especially high amounts of capsaicin as well. Other types of peppers, such as bell, cherry, cone and paprika peppers, also contain the photochemical, but in smaller amounts. Peppers also contain about 2 grams of fiber per 1 cup serving and are fat-free, making them especially good foods for weight loss.

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