You might love the taste of spicy food because of its flavor. But did you know that the benefits of spicy food are more than just taste? Spicy foods are also good for your health! Check out these important benefits of spicy food and how they can:
- Help you lose weight. Spicy peppers like hot chilies contain capsaicin, which can help you burn more calories. After eating a spicy meal, your metabolism gets a temporary boost up to 8 percent. Spicy meals can also slow down your eating and fill you up faster, and this means you are likely to consume fewer calories.
- Keep your heart healthier. Capsaicin is also found in other peppers, such as cayenne and jalapenos. Adding hot peppers to your meals can help lower cholesterol that is bad for your heart by breaking it down instead of allowing it to accumulate. Capsaicin also increases blood flow by blocking a gene that narrows arteries.
- Prevent or slow the growth of cancer? Turmeric, which contains the antioxidant curcumin, has many health benefits. It has been proven to help prevent inflammation in the body. However, some studies suggest it has some anti-cancer effects. Capsaicin has also shown potential in slowing the growth of cancer cells in the prostate. Of course, these are preliminary studies that warrant more research. But if it tastes good, doesn’t hurt, and might help, it’s worth using in meals.
- Add nutrition to your meals. Adding fresh chili peppers to your meals adds vitamins and minerals to them. Both red and green peppers contain essential minerals and plenty of Vitamin C. This important vitamin is an anti-oxidant that helps build up your immune system and can help reduce symptoms associated with the common cold.
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