It's Getting Chili: 5 Benefits to Spicy Foods

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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”.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  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.
  5. 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?

-Kirenjot Kaur
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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