After reading this article, you might consider yourself to be a lucky person on this earth, if you are a fan of spicy food and if you are not, then think about it- put yourself in a spicy lover’s shoes. Because you are going to read about some of the hidden health benefits of spicy food, which might tempt you to at least experiment with it.
Research shows that “ Capsaicin” found in hot spices like chili peppers is responsible for adding some health benefits to spicy food. What is the controversy behind Spicy Food? Why do people consider spicy food seasoned with lots of spices as an unhealthy food or cause of acid reflux? These talks could be correct when a food contains more salt than spices. High salt in Spicy food is the cause of heart or stomach health issues.
Now, if you are thinking of adding some spices to your life, then, GO SLOW. A diet flavored with lots of spices like jalapeno, habanero, or chili powder with less salt will do wonders for your body’s health. Still, you are not sure why to add Spices to your food?
Induction of Spicy food like chili pepper in your diet will help to boost metabolism as it contains Capsaicin. Study shows that capsaicin increases oxygen consumption and body temperature, which leads to a slight increment in burned calories. However, you cannot wholly and solely depend on eating spicy food to boost your metabolism. It just helps! Remember always, “Moderation is the Key”. You can add light spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, or turmeric to get the benefits of spicy food.
Inflammation is the root cause of all diseases and you can control the inflammation by adding the spice Curcumin. Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, may reduce inflammation in the body. According to Ayurveda, ginger and garlic do wonders in reducing inflammation. These spices like ginger and garlic have been used as inflammatory medicine to fight conditions like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and even headache, and nausea.
One of the secret ingredients in Spicy food, Capsaicin, has anti-cancer properties, according to a study. It is not only responsible for adding up spice and hotness to chili peppers but has the power to combat cancer cells. According to Cancer Research UK, Capsaicin helps to slow down metastasis, found in lung cancer patients. Adding spices to cancer patients’ diet help to curb tough diseases like a tumor.
Do you know the main ingredient, Capsaicin, found in chilly pepper will do wonders to lower your depression? It produces Endorphins and serotonins, feel-good hormones, which keep depression at a distance from you.
“Having good metabolism leads to weight loss”. So, it’s time to add a piquant taste to your diet if you are facing issues to lose weight. “According to The New York Times, adding spices in your meal rev up your metabolism by 8%. It means that all the sweating trailing down from your body while having piquant food could serve a real purpose to lose weight. Eating fiery food keeps you full for a long time, which means eating less turns up weight loss.
Capsaicin, an important ingredient found in spices like cayenne pepper, red chili peppers, and jalapenos may lower bad cholesterol (also known as LDL), which results in improved heart health. According to the American Chemical Society, Capsaicin helps to increase the breakdown rate of building up cholesterol in the body. Fiery food contains anti-inflammatory properties which reduce the risk of heart diseases. According to research, a person consuming spicy food has a low possibility to get a heart attack and stroke.
Now, after reading unbelievable and surprising benefits of spicy food you are going to hoard up your kitchen with a variety of spices. But, Wait! Hold your horses.
“Only adding up spices in your diet is not enough, your overall diet matters to extract the maximum benefits of spicy food”.
For instance, adding spices to your regular diet food will be magical. But, ordering deep-fried chicken wings with extra sausages won’t be beneficial to you. Rather, it will cause acid reflux, adding more weight as it contains more salt to match your taste buds.
Adding whole chili pepper or dried chili powder can be used as your pantry staples. Hot sausage could be piquant but high in salt. Mind you, high salt contributes to high blood pressure, leading to many diseases. Read the ingredients before buying any piquant food.
If you are not a fan of consuming spicy food then START SLOW. You can start adding spice to your meal like cumin seeds, turmeric, ginger, green cardamom, and cinnamon, which will give you the benefits of spiced food.
Consumption of chili pepper in the starting just does not make your mouth burn but could make you suffer from diarrhea. Remember, you are not running in a marathon. Who can have more spiced food here?
If you keep eating spicy food, it will build up your tolerance. Explore varieties of spiced food and don’t forget to have fun while exploring.
Hey You! Remember the motive here is, ‘A balanced diet with a splash of spices’.