Infographic: 15 Foods to Boost Metabolism

Certain foods are thought to boost metabolism for a variety of reasons.

Foods high in protein require the expenditure of more energy to digest and metabolize.

Foods high in dietary fiber, like almonds, beans, apples, spinach, broccoli and other fruits and vegetables, help keep insulin levels steady.  This aids in preventing the body from storing fat.  Fiber also helps to control appetite because it gives a feeling of fullness.

Foods high in calcium, like fortified yogurt and soy milk, are thought to aid in the fat burning process.

Warming foods and spices, like curry, cinnamon, jalapenos and other chili peppers, have a chemical compound that temporarily release stress hormones that speed up metabolism.

Foods with unique chemical properties, like grapefruit, reduce insulin levels which promotes weight loss.

Coffee and green tea contain caffeine which raises the heart rate.  A faster heart rate burns more calories.  Tea contains a chemical called EGCG.  Studies have shown that a combination of caffeine and EGCG helped burn up to 80 extra calories a day.  Caffeine, however, is not recommended for many people and should be consumed with caution.

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