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.