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What foods can increase metabolism?

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Sarah Achleithner
Chili peppers, coffee, tea, ginger, cacao, beans, legumes, apple cider vinegar, and water have all been shown to impact metabolism [1,2,3,4]. 
However, while these foods may slightly increase your metabolic rate, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will lose weight by eating them; rather, they can serve as a complementary addition to a healthful, balanced diet.
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