Yes, confusing as that sounds, a Japanese company has made a request to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK to market a synthetic version of dihydrocapsiate, a non spicy component found in chilli peppers, as a food supplement.
Dihydrocapsiate is a capsinoid, not to be confused with capsaicinoids which are the spicy components of chilli peppers. Apparently it can “improve energy expenditure and fat oxidation, which can have a role in weight management”. The company has already added the synthetic dihydrocapsiate to a range of foods since it was granted a licence to so in November 2012. It would now like to market it as a food supplement.
The FSA has requested views of the proposed application. You have until June 5th to give your opinion.
We reported last month on the use of the only-slightly-spicy capsaicinoid nonivamide to aid weight loss as people who were given a drink containing it ate less and felt more full compared to people not given the drink. Sounds like a combo of the two would make a great pre-food diet supplement…..