That is a question that is being asked by nutritionists, doctors, scientists and even those on their 100th diet!
It is well known that overweight people suffer many health anomalies such as Diabetes, respiratory problems, circulation and just plain feeling miserable in their overweight condition. It is also well known that all habitual dieters are continually looking for better foods conducive to a better quality of life. The secret may just be found in spicy foods made from all kinds of chili peppers.
In a recent articles citing the release of a very long study by Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing, Sky News and The New York Times site the study that analyzed the food habits and health details of nearly half a million Chinese people.
They found those who ate spicy food six or seven days a week had a 14% reduced risk of dying compared with people who ate it less than once a week.
Eating spicy food was also associated with a lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease and respiratory illnesses.
The results of the study is well in line with previous evidence on the health benefits of spicy foods. The study authors said capsaicin is the main active component of chili pepper. Spicy foods speed up your metabolism through the release of natural endorphins.
Its qualities have been extensively reported in relation to anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-hypertensive effects. In addition to this, the antimicrobial function of spices, including chili pepper, has long been recognized.
If you are not already a hot food lover, fear not. This can be an acquired taste. I was once not a spicy food lover. But over time, the more I ate, the more I became addicted to the endorphin rush. Once you get used to spicy food, you will find that you use chili peppers and seasonings in more and more of your recipes.
There is no doubt that there are millions of “Chili Heads” in the United States. The overriding reason for this is not only the change from a boring meat and potatoes meal to a more unusual and spicy meal with more character, but it is undoubtedly because of the health benefits.
How do people get their spicy foods? Some can be found at local chain stores but “Chili Heads” are shopping at fiery food specialty stores staffed with personnel who know and understand the chili pepper world and have knowledge of the most popular products. The selections at these stores will give you many alternatives for future healthy meals.
There is no question that spicy foods have been discovered and are an ever increasing ingredient to dishes of all kinds but, as the study above indicates, eating spicy foods is a healthy choice! For those seeking help with their diet, you may find this to be the final answer and live longer indeed!