If you are a spicy food lover, rejoice! There are many health benefits that are linked to enjoying a little extra spice with your meal. Try adding jalapenos to your sandwich at your local Houston sandwich shop, or add a splash of hot sauce to your mac and cheese. Spicy peppers have been proven to aid in weight loss, improve your sex life, and reduce the risk of cancer, so pile on those spicy peppers and don’t skimp on the hot sauce. With so many creative flavors to choose from, why wouldn’t you want too?

Can’t handle the heat? Try some spices that have a kick, but that won’t light your mouth on fire: ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, mustard, and ginseng.

Pepper Tumors Away

It has been proven that capsaicin, a chemical found in spicy peppers, can actually prevent tumors from growing by turning off receptors that can become over reactive. Capsaicin is an anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving chemical that increases immunity. This chemical found in spicy peppers will actually fight off cancerous and other harmful cells. Capsaicin, in scientific experiments, has been proven to fight and kill large amounts of cancerous cells. This theory for cancerous cells was only proven to work when extremely spicy peppers were consumed in mass quantities, such as eating eight or more habanero peppers (or a comparable choice) on a weekly basis.

Shed Pounds

Eating spicy foods can help you lose weight. Spicy peppers such as jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, and ghost peppers not only increase satiety to trick your body into feeling fuller faster, but they also help to increase your metabolism so that you burn more calories. Hot peppers increase your body temperature making it easier for your body to burn calories. So shed the pounds by tossing a few serrano peppers into your chowder, adding a dash of red pepper flakes to your chicken, or smothering your burger in spicy green chili. In our previous blog, we also talked about eating sandwiches to lose weight. As an added benefit, try sprinkling some spicy peppers or hot sauce on to your healthy sandwich choice.

Increase Your Drive

We aren’t talking about your car, we are talking about your love life. If you are feeling not as sexy or as adequate as usual, try a natural spice to spice things up in the bedroom. Spices such as ginseng and saffron have both been proven to be aphrodisiacs. If your sex life is suffering due to stress or lack of motivation, add these spices to your daily regimen. Both of these spices help to regulate blood flow, which helps with sexual function. So incorporate these spices into your next meal for increased sex drive.

For increased immunity, metabolism, and sex drive, start spicing up your meals. You can start by adding a spicy pepper or spice of your choice to your lunch every day. Next time you are at your local Houston sandwich shop, throw some jalapenos or hot sauce on your sandwich, salad, or into your soup! Peppers add the perfect bit of kick, not to mention the healthy benefits to your meal. Try one of our lobster rolls with a bit of spice next time you’re in!