Mexican food is well-known for its spicy flavors. Tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, and quesadillas, along with its sauces and salsas are just some of the most popular choices. We all love to eat Mexican food once in a while. For some, they can even have it everyday. And you know what? That’s probably a good idea too.
Spicy food has many benefits and the reason for such is mainly because of its ingredients. Now we discuss the health benefits of spicy food, as well as how it can boost your health and prevent certain diseases. Feeling like going to a Mexican restaurant already?
Capsaicin is a component of chili peppers. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as cancer treatment properties as well. Capsaicin specifically has been shown to be effective against breast, pancreatic, and bladder type of cancers, although you might need to eat a lot of chili peppers to get such benefits. Ginseng and saffron, on the other hand, can improve your sex life. In a study of the known aphrodisiacs, these spices were found to boost sexual performance.
Spicy food has also been proven to help in weight loss. It was found in research that people who ate red chili peppers consume about 75 fewer calories as compared to those people who just ate bland tasting food. This is possible because chili peppers increase satiety, helping you feel full while eating less, and it even burns more calories too. Studies have shown also that the substance found in spicy food may help fight obesity by decreasing shrinking fat tissue and lowering fat levels in the blood too. Black peppers, on the other hand, contain a substance called piperine, which prevents the formation of new fat cells. When combined with capsaicin and other substances, it can burn a lot of calories.
Chili peppers are also known to help in reducing the damaging effects of bad cholesterol. Capsaicin, as mentioned earlier, may fight inflammation, which may then help in preventing plaque formation along the arteries of the heart. A healthy dose of peppers can then help prevent coronary artery disease.
Take spicy food in moderation and eat only if it agrees with you. These ingredients are excellent to include in your diet, but you might want to slow down on them late in the afternoon or at night. Eating spicy food before bedtime can give you indigestion which makes it difficult to sleep. Other than that, if you’re okay, then go ahead and have that taco with lots and lots of chili sauce!