06 Mar '11, 10pm

Puddings, sweets that make you slimmer?

LONDON - Puddings and sweets which are said by food-makers to help you slim down are set to appear on the shelves of British supermarkets. A food manufacturer claims it has found an extract from the chilli pepper that makes the body burn more calories and now wants to add it to a range of everyday foods. Ajinomoto plans to produce dihydrocapsiate (DHC) synthetically because chilli peppers only produce small amounts of it. The DHC extract, which has no taste or odour, is already sold in the United States and Japan in the form of diet supplement pills. But this would be the first time DHC has been used as a food additive. Unlike similar extracts in other varieties of chilli, DHC does not cause the burning sensation of hot peppers such as jalapenos or the Scotch bonnet, the tiny and ultra-hot chilli which is an ingredient in jerk chicken. The list of foods which the company w...

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