As if you need another reason to love hot sauce.
Hot sauce has a number of merits - ranging from improving your mood, to helping you lose weight, to long-term medical benefits.
Take a look below for 7 health benefits when adding some spice to your life:
First of all, hot sauce actually makes you happy. Though the burning sensation of eating super-spicy foods can almost be painful, we keep coming back for more. That’s because of the endorphins released when we ingest hot and spicy foods.
Spicy foods have been shown to reduce hunger pangs, The flavorful nature of hot sauce can leave you more satisfied, curbing your appetite. If your appetite is reduced, you’re far more likely to make sensible food choices, and consumer fewer calories overall.
A well balanced hot sauce, like Sriracha, is an easy way to add flavor and interest to otherwise bland and boring healthy meals of vegetables, salads and lean protein. This punch of flavor can make it much easier to stick with a healthy-eating diet plan.
The kick of spicy foods can also actively assist healthy weight-loss. Studies have shown that capsaicin, the active ingredient in chilies and hot sauce, can speed metabolism, helping your body to burn calories even faster.
The spicy properties of the chillies in hot sauce have been shown to help beat off the symptoms of colds and flu by easing sinus and nasal congestion, increasing body temperature, and relieving respiratory problems.
Hot and spicy foods have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. They can be effective in helping to treat painful conditions and symptoms, like headaches, nausea, shingles, arthritis and some autoimmune disorders
The red chillies in hot sauce (in particular, that active ingredient capsaicin) can have a positive effect on circulation and cardiovascular health. In cultures where hot and spicy food is the norm (like Mexico, India and China), people are less likely to suffer from health conditions like heart disease and some cancers. Spicy foods have antioxidant, antibacterial, and even anti-carcinogenic properties, so a regular dose of Sriracha could even help you live longer.
By Zoe Pickburn
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