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Dihydrocapsiate (DCT): A cousin of capsaicin, DCT is found in a strain of mild, sweet chili peppers, sometimes called CH-19 peppers.

Researchers found that DCT in capsule form acts similarly to capsaicin, minus the fiery sensation. In a small study, people who took it while following a high-protein, very low-calorie diet for a month burned about an extra 100 calories per day. However, they didn't lose more weight than people taking a placebo pill, perhaps because their diet was already very low in calories. Larger, longer studies are needed to check the results.

Piperine: Found in dried black pepper, piperine may prevent new fat cells from forming. The catch: Scientists have only studied it mouse cells, so there's no proof that it will work in people. If you like black pepper, feel free to flavor your food with it. It's calorie-free and won't raise your blood pressure. Just don't count on it to slim down.

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Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD on July 08, 2014
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