Health Benefits of Spicy Food

Spicy Food

Do you love spicy food or know someone who always wants to try the newest spicy dish or type of hot sauce? These types seem to actually crave spicy food which could be hard for a person with more mild tastes to understand.

We have five heat levels to choose from at Crimson Coward when it comes to your Nashville style hot chicken. The country has no heat and is perfect for those who want no spice in their life. Mild will give you just a taste of heat, medium takes it up a little with just a slap of heat. Many people stop at medium but those spice heads keep on going…

If you aren’t a big fan of spicy food you may be wondering what the obsession seems to be with taking the heat to the limit.  BURRRRN, BABY, BURN is reserved for the true Nashville hot chicken lovers (who take the hot part very seriously)! BURRRRN, BABY, BURN comes with a warning and is definitely not for the faint of heart!

Really spicy food (and the BURRRRN, BABY, BURN heat level) can make your tongue burn, make your eyes tear up and even make you start sweating profusely! Despite the pain there is immense satisfaction in being able to eat, crave (and handle) the BURRRRN, BABY, BURN heat. Why on earth do some people seem to find such pleasure in the pain of spicy food?

Well, there is actually a scientific reason that some people actually crave the burning hot sensations associated with really spicy food. There are actually chemicals in hot foods which give your tongue the sensation that it’s on fire and your brain responds by releasing endorphins to make you feel better.  Wait what? Endorphins are known as happy hormones because they promote positive feeling and this may be one reason why people who love spicy food can’t seem to get enough. Crying tears of joy over your Crimson Coward hot chicken might not sound like fun but for spice afficandos it’s something to look forward to time and time again.

Spicy Food May Help Relieve Pain

The main chemical in hot foods is called capsaicin. This chemical is effective in relieving pain by making the nerves that cause you to feel pain inactive for a bit. The heat sends a signal to your brain and desensitizes the pain. Capsaicin has also been used as a pain reliever!

Spicy Foods May Be Good For Your Heart

Numerous studies over the years have suggested that one benefit of eating spicy foods is that it may help to keep your heart healthy. One study found out that people who eat a lot of hot foods have been shown to have lower levels of low-density lipoprotein. This protein is sometimes referred to as bad cholesterol because it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Spicy foods reduce lipid deposits and reverses excessive blood clotting. It also widens the blood vessel for easy blood flow and reduces the rate of increased blood pressure. The incidence of death from heart-related diseases was reduced by 13 percent among the population that consumed hot food.

Hot Foods May Help Promote Weight Loss

In recent years, more people are becoming aware of the dangers of being overweight and they are taking their health more seriously as a result. However, about 2 out of 3 adults are overweight or obese and that puts them at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Many factors contribute to weight gain such as heredity, health condition, and lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits can lead to rapid weight gain. However, the chemical compounds in spicy foods help to boost metabolism, increase digestive fluids in the stomach and also speed up the digestion process.

Longevity Benefits Of Spicy Food

A research study carried out in China in 2015 sought to determine if consuming spicy food could reduce mortality. The study found that eating spicy food six or seven days a week can lower the mortality rate by 14 percent.

Capsaicin works as an antioxidant and prevents the growth of cancer cells in the body. Furthermore, spicy foods can boost the immune system and also help to fight infection because of the antimicrobial properties. Regular consumption of spicy food is associated with improved physical health and reduced bacteria growth in the digestive tract.

Spicy Food May Keep Your Gut Healthy

That burning sensation that you feel when you bite into your Crimson Coward hot chicken goes beyond your tongue. The same way your tongue has receptors that communicate with your brain that the food you are eating is hot, your digestive tracts have the same receptor. The reaction in your digestive tract is somehow different from the one on your tongue. The capsaicin attaches to the receptor to create a chemical called anandamide. This chemical has been shown to lead to less inflammation in the digestive tract.

In conclusion, spicy foods provide numerous health benefits due to the chemical compound capsaicin. Spicy food lovers also benefit from antioxidants and the antimicrobial properties. Now that you know some of the health benefits of consuming spicy foods, which heat level of Crimson Coward’s hot chicken are you bold enough to try?

I LOVE SPICY FOOD!