How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? For those of you who wanted to try new cuisines and spice levels this post is for you…
Personally, whenever I order at a restaurant, I preemptively ask for hot sauce. Not because I think the food will be bland, but because I just need it. Spice has often been compared to adventure and roller coasters. I call it the “food thrill”. It adds personality and who doesn’t love personality (especially mine)?
To all my friends who say I use too much hot sauce, I’m giving you 5 real reasons to opt for the “food thrill”.
- First off, spicy foods help reduce cravings for “fatty, salty, and sweet foods”. According to a study done at Purdue University, this is because the capsaicin, the part that gives chili peppers their heat, can reduce hunger and increase energy output - thus also burning calories. This is especially helpful for those who don’t eat spicy food regularly since their bodies are less accustomed to the experience.¹ Crank up the heat with a sprinkle of our chili powder.
- Boost metabolism. The New York Times says that studies have show that typically a meal that contains a spicy dish can heighten an individual’s metabolism up to 8 percent.² Combine this with #2 on our resolutions list and you’re set.
- Decreases inflammation. When our bodies sense an intruder, like plant pollen or chemicals, it can cause a reaction known as inflammation. Foods that can cause inflammation include fried foods, red meat, and margarine (we sell none of that).³ But guess what helps to reduce all of this?! Spicy foods.⁴
- Live longer. A Chinese study conducted in 2015 studied over 485,000 participants (after controlling demographic factors such as age, diabetes, smoking history, etc.). They found that those who ate spice 1-2 times a week reduced death risk by ten percent and that number increased to fourteen percent for those who consumed it 6-7 times a week.⁵ Let the spice save you so you have more time to save the world.
- Better tasting food. Thank you, next.
All these benefits packed in one little pepper (or less). Maybe it’s time to give it a go. What's the worst that could happen?
Buttermilk Blog Writer
Kirenjot is a clinical researcher by day and Buttermilk enthusiast by night (and day). She is a foodie and an adrenaline junkie. Bucket list? Skydiving and learning how to make dosa.
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