We have good news, adding a hint of heat to your plate does more than please your taste buds, it can benefit your health tremendously! Eating spicy food is usually linked with stomach issues such as ulcers and digestive upset but recent research indicate that it might not be the case. In fact, there is significant support suggesting that when it comes to liking it spicy, the good far outweighs the bad. Apart from the nutritional aspect (chili peppers are high in vitamin A and C and are a good source of iron!), capsaicin, a chemical compound found in hot peppers has anti-inflammatory properties and is showing promise as a natural therapeutic agent in a variety of health issues.
Want to know more? Here are our top five reasons why we’ll be including more spicy foods into our diet this year and why we believe you should do the same!
- Prevent Cancer Caribbean
That’s surely impressive! If you want to reap the amazing power of hot peppers, you have to try this Caribbean Callaloo Soup (pictured above), these Potato Stuffed Chili Peppers, these Poblano Chili Bowls, and this Spicy Black Pepper Tofu.
- Aid in Weight Management
Need recipe ideas to feel the burn (and help you burn some calories)? Try out this flavorful Spicy Curry Laksa, pictured above. These Chipotle Lentil Taquitos, this Roasted Poblano Soup, these Portobello Adobo Burgers with a dash of this Trinidad Hot Pepper Sauce are also great options for a healthy dinner with a kick.
See also: Dieting – Health Foods
- Protect Your Heart
Some of our favorite heart-healthy recipes that bring just the right amount of heat include these Habanero Kale Chips, these Indian Spicy Sauteed Mushrooms, and this Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta With Shiitake Bacon.
- Lower Blood Pressure
Next time you get asked if you’d like it mild or spicy, be daring and go for the hotter option! Want to make your own caliente recipes? We suggest trying out these Easy Peri Peri Oven-Baked Carrot Fries, these Schezwan Baby Potatoes, this Red Jackfruit Pozole, and these Jerk Cauliflower Tacos (pictured above).
- Boost Your Mood
Want to boost your mood with delicious fiery recipes? We’ve got you! Try out this Thai Hot and Sour Soup, these Roasted Poblano Cilantro Empanadas, this Sweet and Spicy Tamale Stuffed With Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, and Peppers, and these Spicy Sofritas Black Bean Bowls.
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