Benefits of Spices In The Food
It’s surprising but true that the country with hotter climate species their food more.Garlic, chilli, cinnamon, thyme, cumin, cloves, bay leaf, caraway seeds, mustard, mint, sage, ginger, coriander, turmeric, white pepper, cardamom, black pepper and anise are top spices to season spicy foods.
Reasons To Spice foods
When it is warm, food gets spoiled fast’s a warm climate is the most suitable environment for the growth of microorganisms, and they flourish by spoiling the food.Spices are anti-microbial, and they check the growth of harmful bacteria and prevents food spoilage.On eating cold foods, the body temperature falls,and the effect lasts for 15 to 20 minutes. But eating spicy food triggers sweating.Which is the body’s natural way, to cool itself, and the effect lasts for long.
Health benefits of spicy food
Apart from taste foods are spiced due to the following benefits:
1. Spices In Food Promotes Digestion-
Spices stimulates the secretion of digestive juices such as hydrochloric acid. It also enhances the flow of blood to the stomach. Chilly is a hot spice. It contains capsaicin that kills the H. Pyrori bacteria and thus prevents the occurrence of stomach ulcers.
2. Spices In Food Eases Cold And Flu-
When you are suffering from cold and flu, you are urged to consume spicy food. The capsaicin present in chilli and cayenne pepper promotes sweating, opens the nasal passage and eases the symptoms of cold, flu and sinusitis.
3. Spice In Food Promotes The circulation Of Blood-
Spices are rich in vitamins and minerals. They strengthen the blood vessels and Increases the body temperature. This, in turn, enhances the blood flow and also promotes the pumping of the heart.
4. Spices In Food Promotes Weight Loss-
Capsaicin in chilli and cayenne pepper boosts metabolism and burning of calories. More the calorie will burn more will be the weight loss. Also, spicy food renders the feeling of fullness,and you eat less.
5. Spices In Food Improves Breathing-
Both black and white pepper are natural expectorant. Peppers are wonderful home remedies for asthma, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory issues. They open up the nasal passage, makes breathing comfortable and helps to throw out the phlegm.
6. Spices In Food Enhances mood-
Peppers and chilli stimulate the secretion of endorphins and serotonin. These hormones relieve anxiety and lift the mood. Eating spicy food relieves stress and fights depression.
7. Spices In Food Improves sleep-
Studies shows that individuals who consume hot meals, fall asleep quickly and when they woke up they are filled with energy
8. Spices In Food Prevents cancer-
Spices are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals. They retard the growth of cancer- cells. Capsaicin is also known to kill the cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
9. Spices In Food Keeps heart healthy-
Hot peppers have the property to dissolve blood clots. Studies show that spicy foods can lower the level of bad cholesterol. Thus, they reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases such as heart attack and stroke.
10. Spices in food especially capsaicin-
rich chilli a cayenne pepper eases inflammation. They act as natural painkillers.
You have now ten healthy reasons to add spices to your food. But everything has good as well as bad sides. Eating too much spicy food may lead to health issues such as stomach ulcer, diarrhea, heartburn etc.So Avoid eating too many spicy foods.
*If after consuming spicy or fiery food you experience stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhea or insomnia better avoid spicy foods for a few days and then add spices to your food in mild quantity. If still, you suffer from any health issue see your doctor.
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.