5 extremely healthy reasons to add spicy to your menu
It not only adds lots and lots of flavor and spiciness to your food, but is also equipped with several particularly important health benefits.
From reducing diseases, through preventing obesity to soothing stomach aches - get the chili
Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 07:12 Updated: 07:17
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Some people like sweet food, others generally prefer sour or bitter, and many like spicy food.
If you also like your mouth to burn with spiciness, you'll be happy to know that in the right doses, foods containing hot pepper can provide a wide range of health benefits.
Let's start by dispelling a myth: spicy is not a taste.
A common mistake is to think that spiciness is one of the tastes such as sweetness, bitterness, sourness or saltiness, when in practice spiciness is generally a burning sensation (burning) in the pain receptors on the tongue and not in the taste buds.
For this reason, exposing other areas of the body, where there are no taste buds, to food substances considered spicy may trigger a sensation of heat, pain or burning similar to that created in the oral cavity, and the active chemical substance that gives it the spiciness - capsaicin - is responsible for everything.
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The most recent study published on the benefits of hot pepper was conducted in 2020 and is considered large and very comprehensive.
The authors of the study presented for the first time at the scientific meeting of the American Heart Association found that people who eat chili peppers may die less from heart disease or cancer and may live longer than those who do not eat them.
The study analyzed the health and dietary records of more than 570,000 people in the United States, Italy, China and Iran, and compared chili eaters with those who rarely or never eat the spicy vegetable. The analysis found that people who ate chili peppers were 26 percent less risk of dying from heart disease, 23 percent less risk of dying from cancer and 25 percent less risk of dying from any cause.
Healthy and delicious.
Hot pepper (Photo: ShutterStock)
Prevention of obesity
There is evidence that eating capsaicin increases the feeling of satiety, and reduces the number of calories and fat consumption in a meal.
It was also found that eating capsaicin can increase the amount of energy we expend and the oxidation of fat tissue, thus potentially preventing weight gain.
Potential to reduce cancer development
Preclinical studies have revealed that capsaicin has a positive effect on causing the death of cancer cells and inhibiting their growth.
Although the research on the subject is still in its infancy and it cannot be concluded that eating hot chili peppers will necessarily prevent cancer, researchers are already talking about the potential inherent in medicines containing capsaicin.
Relief during colds
Eating hot chili peppers may also provide some relief in breathing during colds, sinusitis, and asthma.
The explanation for this comes from the explanation that the presence of capsaicin in the oral cavity and throat causes the flow of fluids in the respiratory tract, and these also make the sputum more liquid and facilitate its removal from the body.
Helps soothe stomach aches
Perhaps counterintuitive, hot pepper may be just what you need when your stomach hurts.
Researchers say both chili peppers and marijuana interact with the same receptors in the stomach to calm an irritable bowel.
In a study conducted at the University of Connecticut, the research team fed mice capsaicin.
They found that the chemical binds to TRPV1, a particular receptor on cells within the digestive tract.
When this happens, anandamide is formed, a compound chemically similar to the cannabinoids found in marijuana.
Anandamide causes the immune system to calm the intestines, including the esophagus, stomach and pancreas.
The chemical also binds to another receptor to recruit immune cells that prevent inflammation.
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