Benefits of Hot Sauce
No disrespect to ketchup or mustard, but hot sauce is definitely one of the more exciting condiments you can add to your food. Not only can it kick bland food up a few notches, it has a surprising amount of health benefits:
🌶 Chili peppers used in most hot sauce contain carotenoids (vitamin A), flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals.
🌶 One of the most unique parts of chili peppers is a plant compound called capsaicin. Hot sauce that contains capsaicin may help control insulin levels in your body.
🌶 It’s been shown that hot sauce can help reduce levels of the hormone that triggers hunger called ghrelin. This can help you avoid overeating. A study at Purdue University found that participants that regularly used hot sauce had a decrease in cravings for fatty, salty, and sweet foods.
🌶 It’s been found that capsaicin can trigger the self-destruction of harmful cells in the body while leaving healthy cells alone. Researchers are working to determine if this can be helpful for cancer treatment.
🌶 Feeling stuffy and stopped up in your head? Add some hot sauce to your soup and your sinuses will clear right up!
🌶 While this may sound strange given the fact that hot sauce heats things up, the capsaicin in hot sauce actually has anti-inflammatory properties.
🌶 It’s been found that endorphins are released when you eat spicy food, which can lead to feelings of satisfaction and reduce your perceptions of pain and stress.
🌶 Adding hot sauce to your food also adds a little vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, magnesium, and potassium.
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