Spicy food: benefits and disadvantages

By Muhammad Qasim
April 18, 2018
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Far from being harmful to our stomach, spicy food protects the gastric mucosa. In addition, it stimulates the metabolism, so it could help us lose weight

Spicy food: benefits and disadvantages

There are many myths about spicy food: that it causes hemorrhoids, heartburn or that it can cause contractions in pregnant women. On the other hand, several scientific studies show that some chemical substances present in foods such as chili, curry or pepper can have positive effects on health.

Continue reading to learn the truth about spicy food, what benefits it can have and when to avoid it.

Myths about spicy food

One fairly widespread myth is that spicy food causes hemorrhoids. That's not true. If a person has hemorrhoids, you should avoid spicy food so as not to aggravate the inflammation, but the spicy itself is not what causes the hemorrhoids.

Another popular belief is that spicy foods can cause contractions in pregnant women, but the truth is that there are no scientific studies that show it or suggest a relationship between spicy consumption and premature delivery.

What can happen is that the spicy accentuate the symptoms of people with gastritis or heartburn. Many doctors recommend that their patients avoid spicy foods if they have symptoms of gastritis or stomach ulcers.

However, according to the results of certain scientific studies, spicy food would not be the cause of gastritis. On the contrary, those who consume chile or other spicy condiments, would be protecting their gastric mucosa, in addition to obtaining other benefits that are mentioned later.

Health benefits

Many of the characteristics of spicy seasonings are due to the fact that they contain a chemical substance called capsaicin, which is what causes the sensation of burning or itching when it comes into contact with the buccal mucosa.

The results of a study carried out in England suggest that this compound can help the body eliminate cancer cells. Other research shows that topical application of capsaicin can calm neuropathic pain.

In addition, capsaicin was able to reduce blood pressure in test animals, according to research conducted at a university in China.

Spices have been used by natural medicine since ancient times to stimulate blood circulation, promote sweating, improve digestion and for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Eat spicy to lose weight

Apparently, spicy food stimulates the metabolism, increasing body heat and accelerating the speed with which the body burns calories. That's why spicy food can help people who want to reduce their weight. And as if all this were not enough, a study carried out in Australia suggests that spicy food helps improve blood cholesterol levels and reduces the demand for insulin, which could be a factor in the prevention of diabetes.

Chiles and jalapeños, in moderation ...

While spicy seasonings seem to have been shown to be beneficial to health, they should be consumed in moderation. A study conducted in Mexico shows that people who consume the equivalent of nine jalapeños (or more) daily are more likely to develop stomach cancer. Anyway, even the fanatical people of the spicy, would hardly reach such a high level of consumption.

What we can catch is spicy food or chili-based food is not dangerous as long as it is not consumed excessively. Some myths may not be true and you need to dig up more information before drawing conclusions that affect your lifestyle. If you want to get more related information, see what successful entrepreneur, Feras Antoon, has to say about the health benefits of spicy foods. Hopefully this article can be useful for you.
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