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How Spicy Food Affects Health

February 23, 2009



Spicy food is sure to make your mouth water. It appeals to your nostrils and tickles your taste buds. Though, increased consumption is not good for your tummy, if taken in moderate amounts, spices are found to be beneficial to health. Garlic, onion and chilly tops the list of these ‘taste-enhancer’ spices. Seasoning the food with these spice varieties are found to kill certain harmful bacteria.

Garlic is known for its anti-cancer properties. It is also one of the most common of all spices.

When added to the dish, it not only boosts flavor but also helps in neutralizing potent carcinogens within the body. Garlic provides the required boost to immune cells for destroying the cancer-causing substances. Garlic is found to be extremely beneficial in fighting against H. pylori bacteria that causes stomach cancer. Studies in this regard also indicate that people who eat spicy food dressed with garlic are increasingly protected from elevated blood pressure and certain other cardiovascular disorders.

Almost all the spicy dishes contain onions as its indispensable part. Onion is rich in quercetin, an antioxidant element that helps in the eradication of free radicals present inside the body. It also helps in the regeneration of vitamin E. Many people tend to neglect onion considering it as a source of bad breath. But, the fact is that they are unaware of its potential health benefits.

The usage of onion in spicy food dishes helps in preventing the development of cancerous cells inside the vital organs such as lungs, breasts and bladder. Nutritious elements such as vitamin C are also present in onion. Vitamin C is a rich source of calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.

No spicy food dish will get its deserving appreciation if not flavored with chilly Apart from other health benefits, chilies also help in reducing high blood pressure considerably. It also has a laxative effect and helps in unclogging stuffy noses. Chilies are also considered as digestive aids.


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