This article originally appeared in Hispanic Kitchen.
We all love the heat that spicy foods add to our recipes, but how do they rate on the healthy scale? These seasonings are not only guaranteed to add a kick to your dishes, but are actually great natural health boosters. As it gets colder outside, it doesn’t mean you can’t still heat things up in the kitchen. Here are five reasons spicy foods are good for your health. Spice lovers, rejoice!
All varieties of chili peppers, from cayenne to habanero, contain a substance called capsaicin, which provides the distinctive heat and flavor that is unique to chili peppers. Capsaicin has been shown to inhibit inflammatory processes in the body – this means it could potentially slow the development of arthritis, chronic pain and aging, which are all made worse by chronic inflammation.