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Become a Spice Girl, For Your Health

Me, I like it hot. You name it, I'll sprinkle a little hot sauce on it. I just like the taste (and the heat) but adding spice to your food can curb hunger, strengthen muscles, boost your brainpower and improve mood.

Here's why:

  • Staying slender: A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that when women added 2 teaspoons of dried red pepper on their food, they consumed fewer calories and fat in later meals. Give your diet a light start; splash hot sauce on your morning omelet.
  • Becoming stronger: The curcumin that turns turmeric yellow also helps reduce inflammation and aids muscle repair after heavy exercise, researchers at the University of South Carolina at Columbia say. Enjoy the Indian spice for a few days before a big workout (try stirring it in a cup of lowfat cottage cheese and sliced fruit) to speed recovery.
  • Keeping sharp: Curcumin also sweeps out plaque deposits in your brain, which may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, research from the University of California at Los Angeles suggests. For a savory meal, dust curry spices over rice and beans.
  • Getting happy: Capsaicin (the compound that gives chiles their kick) triggers pain receptors in the mouth, in turn signaling your brain to release feel-good endorphins, according to scientists at the State University of New York at Buffalo. That chemical surge not only helps dull the pepper’s bite, but it also betters your mood. Next time you need a quick lift, toss red pepper flakes or some diced chile peppers into your salad or bowl of chilled soup. Now that’s cool!


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Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 10 years
Wow!! I didn't see this post sooner? I love spicy foods!!! I have hot sauce, habanero sauce, japolenos, and various peppers in my kitchen.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i have no problem with this! i eat spicy food everyday! ooh yumm...
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 10 years
Blaaaaaaaaaah....salsa on stomach turns...
evahronn evahronn 10 years
I just posted a recipe for a great drink with turmeric and cayenne powder:
rustyofseattle rustyofseattle 10 years
Darn it! I thought you were going to train women how to "sing badly"...LOL! Spicy foods are addicting in a good way. When I'm dieting hard I make a big bowl of salsa each week and put it on everyting. Also...good Thai food is comletely addicting!
BrooklynSugar BrooklynSugar 10 years
Mmm, eating spicy foods is like a drug to me! I add hot salsa to everything - eggs (huevos rancheros!), meat, veggies, etc. Makes me feel warm and satiated. Especially good in the winter.
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 10 years
Curcumin is also believed to have some anti-cancer properties.
Adrianne Adrianne 10 years
I'm not much into spicy foods. Some pepperoni toppings on pizzas are extremely too spicy for me!
extra-chica13 extra-chica13 10 years
I love spicy foods, but they make me feel really sick to my stomach the nxt morning.
almostloli almostloli 10 years
staying slender by eating hot & spicy food? ah.. proly this one won't work for me, because the hotter / the spicier the food is.. the more i eatttt!!!! and by saying 'more' i mean... 'MUCH MORE and A LOT' :o
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