5 reasons why spicy food is good for you

Fiery foods may come with a tongue-scorching sensation but experts tell us that it’s completely worth it as these foods are packed with numerous health benefits. Chillies, jalapenos and cayenne peppers are rich in capsaicin which can help in relieving pain, improving immunity and speeding up weight loss. Read on to find out more.


Aids in weight loss

We aren’t suggesting that you ditch exercise and rely on fiery food for a quick fix. However, adding chillies and peppers to your diet will speed up the process. According to researchers at Purdue University, consuming red pepper can curb the appetite and burn more calories after a meal. Research also suggests that when you eat capsaicin, it raises your body temperature and boosts metabolism that increases fat burning.

Controls blood pressure

Capsaicin can dilate blood vessels and help lower blood pressure. It also helps in preventing blood clots. Adding red peppers or pepper sauce to your meals and snacks can help you maintain healthy blood pressure. Peppers are also rich in vitamin A and C which strengthen the walls of the blood vessels.


Increases longevity

This is a secret that the Chinese knew for ages but it was backed by scientific research recently. A study conducted by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Harvard School of Public Health on Chinese people in the age group of 30-79 over a period of five years found that people who ate spicy food had a 14 percent lower risk of dying premature.

Eases cold and flu symptoms

Spicy foods promote sweating and offer relief from the symptoms of cold and flu. These foods help open blocked nasal passages and can alleviate sinusitis symptoms too.


Improves digestion

Contrary to popular belief, spicy foods do not upset the stomach. Spices increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which in turn increases blood flow and improves digestion.  Capsaicin also kills bacteria like H. pylori and helps keep stomach ulcers at bay.

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