June 14, 2010

Top 5 Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods

Filed under: health — Tags: , , , , , — patt @ 4:22 pm

If you love spicy foods, there is good news in store for you. In addition to the tremendous boost of flavor that spices give to many different kinds of foods they also offer many health benefits.

Weight Loss

Eating spicy food increases your metabolic rate and allows your body to burn a greater number of calories. As well, many studies state that a person eating a spicy meal will eat less than a person having a meal that is not spicy. You may have noticed this yourself! I personally think that eating spicy food makes you feel more full than you actually are.

Better Breathing

Eating spicy food unclogs your nasal passages which allows for easier breathing. This can be especially helpful for people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

Healthy Heart

Eating spicy foods increases your overall body temperature. As a result, blood flow also increases which makes for better blood circulation. In addition, hot peppers also have the ability to rid the vessels of blood clots.

Reduces Risk of Cancer

Eating spicy foods on a regular basis has been known to reduce the risk of cancer. Capsaicin, a chemical compound of chili peppers (what makes them spicy), can kill the cancer cells that enter and are harmful to the body.

A Better Mood

Spicy foods increase the amount of endorphins in the body. Endorphins give a comforting feeling that tells the body that everything is okay. It often acts as a stress reliever and can help fight depression as well.

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