3 Healthy Reasons To Add Hot Sauce To Your Meals

Hot sauce not only tastes great, but it is healthy. It is a great condiment to add to any dish you are making because it has so many health benefits, ranging from weight loss to help with pain. Here's a rundown on some of the more interesting ones.

Hot Sauce Can Help You Lose Weight

One interesting about hot sauce is that it can, according to a study out of Purdue University, curb a persons appetite. One of the ingredients in chili peppers is called capsaicin. This is what makes chili peppers hot. It not only reduced peoples hunger, but it also caused them to burn more calories. The study did suggest that you should need to use heavy quantities to get the benefit.

So, if you are someone who is on a diet, and you want to find an alternative to ketchup (which is often loaded with high fructose corn syrup) then chili pepper is a fantastic alternative.

Protect Your Eyes With Smokey Jalapeno Based Hot Sauce

Jalapeno peppers are used to make the smokey chipotle hot sauce. The jalapeno peppers are smoked to give them a rich flavor. Not only does chipotle pepper sauce taste good, it's good for your eyes. The jalapeno pepper contains two particular antioxidants that are good at protecting your eyes: lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients are very important if you are concerned about developing eye problems such as macular degeneration. So, if you have a history of eye problems in your family (including age related macular degeneration) be generous with hot sauce.

Burn Your Bodies Brown Fat Like Cold Weather

A persons body has two types of fat: brown and white. Brown fat is the fat that is used to keep a person warm. Scientists have found that in Boston, during the cold weather, people have more brown fat than during the summer. They also found that by taking capsaicin, the ingredient in chili peppers (and subsequently in hot sauce) a person could trigger the same fat burning reaction that cold weather brings on. The people in the study who had the capsaicin burned more brown fat (but not white fat) then people who were in a control group.

Relief For Pain and Anxiety

Another very cool benefit to eating hot sauce is that it can help to alleviate pain, and also soothe anxiety. It does this because of the effect on substance P and endorphins.

The way in which chili peppers can help pain is that they block something called Substance P. This is involved in transmitting pain signals. This can help with mild pain problems.

When it comes to anxiety, the chemical involved is endorphins. Chili peppers can increase endorphins. Not only do endorphins help with pain, they also elevate your mood. So putting Hot Sauce Depot hot sauce on your food can have the double benefit of lessening pain and making you feel better.