Spicy Food. Is it good for you? Posted on 29 Aug 00:00 , 0 comments
For as long as I can remember I've had an absolute love affair with spicy food. That intense tingle on my tongue, that almost burn your taste buds off kind of spicy. Luckily, I married a man that shares my passion for all things hot, and my children, well, they've had to get used to my spicy dishes, but have embraced the heat like champs.
While I've enjoyed spicy food for ages now I didn't realise until a few years ago, that spicy food actually has some amazing health benefits.
Capsaicin, the compound that gives a hot pepper its heat, is packed full of potassium, iron, beta carotene and antioxidants that help boost the immune system, as well as vitamins A and C, which support the heart and the heat of the pepper, increases your blood circulation. It also produces that “feel good” hormone, serotonin.
It doesn't stop there; spicy food has shown to even reduce inflammation. It can also help lower your LDL cholesterol (which is bad cholesterol) and reduce your chances of a heart attack. Spicy food can also kill off parasites that might be hanging out in your gut wreaking havoc on your intestinal walls. Yuck!
Studies have shown that those who consumed spicy food almost every day reduced their risk of heart attack by 14%.
While my family and I are huge fans of spicy food, that doesn't mean it is for everyone. Some stomach issues like IBS can be triggered by this tasty hot pepper. So if you have concerns, always consult your GP first.
If you are ready to start incorporating some more spice in your life, my personal favourite is Aldersons. They are a New Zealand small business that uses locally sourced ingredients, and it’s super tasty.
GET SPICY-For your health!