HEALTHY BENEFITS OF SPICY FOODS
Spicy foods are a bit of mystery. It’s like riding a roller coaster for the first time or
running a marathon. Oddly enough, humans find pleasure in things like these, even
though it’s painful or scary. We are just so curious of the things that takes a little bit
of courage to do — adventures.
Yes, indeed. Spicy foods are like adventures.
And just like adventures, there’s a health benefit in eating spicy foods. Some of the
most-studied healthy benefits of spicy foods are:
Weight Loss — We all know that spicy foods burn fats faster than your everyday
dietary supplement. An extra kick of hot sauce, chilies or jalapeno can make even the
blandest diet food more palatable, causing you to be more likely to stick with your
weight loss plan. In addition, they may jack up your metabolism. Studies show that
the main compound in chilies, called capsaicin, has a thermogenic effect and may
cause the body to burn bonus calories for 20 minutes post chow-down.
Heart Health — Studies show that Thai people have a much lower incidence of heart
attack and stroke because of spicy dishes have been one of their normal dishes every
day. This is because chili peppers can reduce the harmful effects of bad cholesterol,
and capsaicin (a compound found in chilies) may fight inflammation of the heart.
Cancer Prevention — It almost sounds too good to be true, but a chemical
that can kill cancer cells with little or no harmful side effects – and even more so if
you love spicy food. Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that capsaicin,
which is found in hot peppers, can cause cancer cells to self-destruct. Amazing,
Lower Blood Pressure — According to Reuters Health, “people who like spicy foods
may eat less salt and have lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of
heart attacks and strokes, a study from China suggests”. Vitamins A and C strengthen
the heart muscle walls, and the heat of the pepper increases blood flow throughout
your body. All of this equals a stronger cardiovascular system.
Lessens Stress — Spicy foods boost production of feel-good hormones, such as
serotonin. So they may help ease depression and stress.
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