Health Benefits of Spicy Food

1. Reduces Unhealthy Cravings

a) Eating red chili peppers with your meal reduces calorie consumption by approximately 75 calories per meal. According to researchers at Purdue University this is due to the fact that capsaicinoids reduce cravings for fatty, sweet and salty foods.


2. Heat is Good for Your Heart

a) Cultures that traditionally eat the greatest amounts of spicy food have a much lower rate of heart attack and stroke. Among other reasons, chili peppers can help decrease heart damage caused by the bad cholesterol (LDL).  Also, capsaicin has been shown to fight inflammation which is a risk factor of heart problems.


3. Increases Metabolism

a) It has also been proven that capsaicinoids increase metabolism and energy expenditure in humans. This increase is due to activation of brown adipose tissue (brown fat cells), which elevates the body’s core temperature and in turn burns calories faster. Studies show this increase in metabolism may cause the body to burn extra calories for as long as 20 minutes after the meal.


4. Cancer Prevention

a) In studies, capsaicin has been shown to help fight some cancer cells (including prostate cancer), according to the American Association for Cancer Research. Turmeric, found in curry and some mustards, is very beneficial in cancer prevention. Turmeric may slow the growth of tumors and the decrease the spread of cancer throughout the body.


5. Reduce Carcinogens in BBQ

a) Grilling with Rosemary and/or Thai spices (turmeric, fingerroot, galangal) reduce the heterocyclic amines (HCAs) in grilled meats. HCAs are formed when grilling and barbecuing at temperatures above 375 degrees. These toxins have been linked to colorectal, stomach, lung, pancreatic, breast and prostate cancers. Studies have shown that dry rubbing beef patties with rosemary or Thai spices reduced HCA formation by approximately 65% and 41% respectively. This reduction is due to the antioxidant properties of these spices that block formation of toxins.


6. Helps You Breath Easier

a) Turmeric has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic (traditional Hindu) doctors to treat respiratory problems. Western medical studies now show that curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric, protects the lungs from harmful items in the air such as cigarette smoke, exhaust, dust and viruses. This potentially lowers the risk of ailments such as asthma, laryngitis, bronchitis and other lung diseases. Curcumin prevents infection and suppresses the protein NF-kB, which causes inflammation and mucus in the lungs and airways.


7. Lower Blood Pressure

a) Many peppers (jalapeno, bell etc.) are high in Vitamin A and C, which helps to strengthen heart muscle walls. Also, the heat of eating peppers increases the blood flow throughout the body. These are both help lower blood pressure and help keep the cardiovascular system strong.


8. Promotes Good Feelings

a) In response to capsaicin, the central nervous system triggers the release of endorphins, such as serotonin, which promote a sense of pleasure. They may also help reduce feelings of depression and stress.


9. Helps Increase Diet Foods Appeal

a) Many people agree, low calorie diet food can be pretty flavorless.  Try adding hot sauce, spices or chopped pepper to your low calorie meal to help to make even the most bland diet food more edible and tasty. This makes sticking to a weight loss plan much easier and help you enjoy the other health benefits of spicy food.


10.  May Extend Life Expectancy

a)  One of the newer health benefits of Spicy Food is a correlation of spice intake and long life.  A Chinese study of about 500,000 adults found that moderate consumption of chili food products, eating spicy food 3-7 times per week, decreased the risk of death by 14% when compared to the spice-adverse group.  The lower death risk is due to the other health benefits stated previously.  This includes lower risk of death from cancer, heart and lung diseases.


It is quite clear from the points above that eating spicy food is not only very tasty and addicting, but also there are many great health benefits of spicy food. Most people use one maybe two hot sauces or hot items on a regular basis and it can be very easy to bore of the same old thing. Variety is a the key to keeping things exciting and delicious. Our team at Just Enough Heat specializes in keeping things new, hot, spicy and delicious.

While we can’t help everyone, our clients come to us because they are:

• Frustrated that new, small batch and/or unique spicy items are difficult to find.

• Bored with eating the same hand full of spicy items day after day, week after week etc.

• Unsatisfied with relying on the couple close spicy food loving friends for spicy food event news, items, reviews and recipes.

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Bringing the Heat to Your Doorstep,

Isham Nelson