Snack Smart According to Michelle Davenport, nutritionist and research scientist at NYU School of Medicine, some foods may increase metabolism, like spicy foods (cayenne pepper), protein (chicken and cheese), and high fiber foods (broccoli, carrots, and asparagus spears). Our bodies have to work harder to digest protein and high-fiber grub, so eating these foods burns more calories. "They're also better than munching on carb-y, high-sugar foods all day, since those could damage insulin, the hormone in our body that determines whether sugar is stored as fat," she says.
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