Thailand: They go for the burn.
Chiles are constantly popping up in Thai cuisine—the most innocent-sounding papaya salad could arrive covered in the notorious "mouse-dropping chiles" that will set your mouth on fire. If this small chile (one of the world's hottest) is too extreme, you could try adding a milder pepper (like a Poblano or Anaheim
) to your dish—the heat can slow you down just enough to recognize when you're getting full, says registered dietician Felicia Stoler, the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes
. Another way Stoler says spicy food helps you eat less: It makes you crave water, which fills you up.