It is an on-going myth that spicy food exacerbates ulcers and other stomach ailment. This is believed so much so, that once we have a stomach bug we avoid any spicy foods, however this is nothing but a myth. Recent research has shown that hot chilli peppers actually protect the stomach lining and may actually prevent the gastric damage associated with the anti-inflammatory painkillers.
So what do chillies actually contain?
Hot chillies are high in calcium and vitamins such as A and C. Research also suggests that there is some evidence that hot chillies can reduce the cardiovascular disease risk as well as helping to prevent diabetes and boost metabolism. Evidence also suggest spicy foods have the ability to reduce a person’s risk of cancer.
Despite the health benefits this is not to say you must go overboard on the amount you eat. Like most things, everything in moderation.
A laboratory study which was carried out in the United Kingdom, found that capsaicin, which is responsible for the burning sensation which chilies provide, can reduce lung and pancreatic cancer cells without harming any of the surrounding cells. Researchers believe this may explain why people living in Mexico and India tend to have lower rates of some cancers as they eat a spicier diet, than those eating a bland Western diet.
Lack of Calories
Chillies not only add spice to a meal but also flavour. Adding chillies to your meal is a guilt free way of adding flavour to your food – they literally can spice up and plain old meal you have. These spices when eaten can boost your metabolism, help burn any excess fat and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
If you want to incorporate spicy food into your diet, why not pop into chef and spice for a meal where you will experience where spices and hot chillies are incorporated by professional chefs.