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Spicy foods prove beneficial to health

Although many people enjoy spicy food, studies show such food also provides health benefits.

Although many people enjoy spicy food, studies show such food also provides health benefits.

Although many people enjoy spicy food, studies show such food also provides health benefits.

Although many people enjoy spicy food, studies show such food also provides health benefits.

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Many people enjoy spicy foods for their wonderful flavors. Research, however, is proving that flavor may not be the only reason to consume such food.

Studies show that after eating something spicy, one burns more calories than when consuming something bland. According to The New York Times, spicy foods can temporarily boost the metabolism by up to eight percent.

Metabolism converts food  into energy. Specific proteins in the body control the chemical reactions of metabolism and each chemical reaction is coordinated with other body functions.

Studies show that the main compound in chillies, called capsaicin, has a thermogenic effect and may cause the body to burn calories. Capsaicin increases body temperature and leads to an increase in heart rate.  It has also been found to kill cancer cells and prevent cancer.

Researchers at Purdue University also found that chemicals found in peppers called capsaicinoids reduce cravings for fatty, salty and sweet foods. Chillies are also known to reduce cardiovascular risk. They lower occurrences of heart attack and stroke.

Further studies show that people who eat spicy foods eat smaller portions, which can reduce their calorie intake.

Freshman Danielle Ogawa said, “Whenever I eat spicy food, I don’t usually crave any more food. Not only do I eat spicy foods but also because of the benefits they provide, such as lower calorie intake.”

Another spice, turmeric, has been shown to help slow the spread of certain cancer cells. It also helps prevent heart attack and stroke. Turmeric is the main spice found in curries. 

Sophomore Nicole Pagdilao said, “I enjoy eating at Curry House because they have the best spicy curry. Spicy curry is full of flavor and I order it most of the time. After eating spicy food I already feel satisfied, which allows me not to overeat.”

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