Learn How Consuming Spicy Foods Can Benefit Your Health

Learn How Consuming Spicy Foods Can Benefit Your Health

Did you know that eating spicy foods might be good for you?

While consuming spicy food often leads to pain, it’s seems that humans just cannot get enough of that burning sensation.  But beyond the thrill that comes from consuming a particularly spicy dish, did you know that there are health benefits associated with eating hot foods?  Here are some of these benefits.

  • Weight Loss

Adding a bit of spice to your food can make a boring diet much more palatable.  Incorporating a dash of hot sauce or some chopped peppers to an otherwise bland dish can make it easier to stick to a healthy diet.  Additionally, studies have suggested that spicy foods can actually boost your metabolism.  This means that consuming spicy foods can actually help you burn more calories.

  • Healthy Hearts

Research has shown that cultures that regularly eat spicy foods have a lower chance of heart attack and stroke.  This is because spicy peppers have the ability to reduce the effects of bad cholesterol (LDL) on the body.  Additionally, capsaicin (the chemical that gives peppers their heat) reduces inflammation, which can also reduce the risk for cardiovascular issues.

  • Lower Blood Pressure

Chili peppers are packed with vitamins A and C, both of which are known to strengthen the walls of the heart.  Additionally, spicy foods also facilitate the flow of blood throughout your body.  Together, these positive effects can lead to a reduction of your blood pressure.

These are some of the major health benefits associated with eating spicy foods.  Want to reap these health benefits?  Then see what a diet of spicy Cajun dishes can do for you.  To enjoy some of the most authentic Cajun cooking in California, make sure you mark your calendar for the next Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.  In summer of 2018, Simi Valley will come alive with Cajun music and food, zydeco music, blues music, a Mardi Gras parade, zydeco dance lessons, and more!  To learn more about this exciting local event, contact Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival today.