Spice It Up! Why Eating Spicy Foods is Good for You
I am learning to love spicy foods! And – every now and then – a spicy Bloody Mary! 😉
Even if you don’t necessarily love spicy foods – there are actually a few REALLY good reasons to spice up your diet. (Unless you have certain health issues that require you to avoid spicy foods, of course.)
Studies have shown that eating spicy food promotes good health, mental wellness, and weight loss.
Capsaicinoids are one of the natural components in peppers that create a spicy flavour. The hotter a pepper is – the more capsaicin it carries!
🌶️ Research shows that capsaicinoids can reduce pain and inflammation, decrease risk of heart disease and cancer, lower blood pressure, and even help you live longer.
🌶️ Components found in spicy foods also boost the body’s production of serotonin and can strengthen connections between brain cells – increasing your happiness and mental well-being.
🌶️ And spicing it up could help you drop a few pounds. Capsaicin has been scientifically proven to boost metabolism and reduce hunger. One study revealed that consuming capsaicin actually reduces the production of the hunger hormone.
What’s your favourite spicy dish?