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Healthy Benefits of Spicy Foods

Spicy peppers, rosemary, turmeric, cinnamon, oregano… all these spices not only enhance the taste of your dishes but they also have many beneficial effects on your health.

For diet

Spicy foods are perfect. Rely on chili sauce, sliced jalapenos peppers and sprinkle over food or over a few tablespoons of hot paprika. Several studies conducted in the American universities show that after a super spicy meal, you’re less tempted to “supplement” your lunch and you will definitely eat food with fewer calories. Capsaicin (substance contained in all these chilies and that actually gives that spicy sensation) has the effect of reducing body weight by increasing energy and reducing appetite. It will inhibit your feelings of craving for something sweet, salty or greasy. That’s not all: consuming chili leads to a better blood circulation, reduced inflammation and relieves arthritis pain. Try it with tortilla and pizza.

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If you want to breathe easier:

Consume spices like turmeric. Mainly used for preparing Indian foods, the turmeric smells like ginger, but with a stronger and spicier flavor. Asia doctors used this spice to treat respiratory problems. Turmeric reduces the risk of lung disease, asthma, laryngitis and prevents infections. How can you use it? Medically, you can take some turmeric tablets; if you want to add it in your food, you can use it for seasoning rice, fish and soups.

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If you want to regain your calm and tranquil state of mind: try rosemary, mint, and cinnamon. Studies show that the antioxidants these spices contain calm the area in the brain dedicated to learning and memory activities. In addition, their effect is a painkiller. How can you use it? Feel free to consume them all the time, in all kinds of combinations, teas, cakes or soups.

Healthy Benefits of Spicy Foods

They reduce the serious effects that a high-fat meal has on your body. Use turmeric, oregano, rosemary, paprika and cloves. When your meal contains foods that are high in fat, the triglyceride level increases and your body tends to make reserves.  When you add spices to such fatty foods, the triglyceride and insulin levels decrease and the body stops making “supplies”.  Add these spices in rice, soups, sweets and steaks.

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