Spice Is Always Nice
He & She|October - December 2018
Spice Is Always Nice

If you love eating food so hot that your eyes run, your nose streams, and you're still feeling it several days later, there's good news for you: spicy foods have some health benefits you probably didn't know about. Evidence suggests humans have been adding spice to their food for many centuries. That love for the tingle in our lips has been passed down through generations, and for good reason. While it may seem contradictory that a type of foodstuff that gives us pain while eating it could also have health benefits, science is increasingly revealing that indulging in chili peppers and other eye-wateringly hot spices is a good thing for our hearts, our brains, and our lifespan in general.

They Make You Less Likely To Crave Salt

Oddly enough, having a diet high in spice means you'll be more likely to keep your food low in sodium, which is good for your heart health. That's the conclusion of a study in 2017 by the American Heart Association.

They Help Can Promote Longevity

If you have a diet where you eat quite a lot of red chili peppers, you're also likely to enjoy a longer lifespan. Mostly, eating lots of peppers seemed to be protective against heart attacks and stroke. But capsaicin also possesses antimicrobial properties that may indirectly affect the host by altering the gut microbiota."

They May Inhibit The Growth Of Gut Tumors

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October - December 2018