5 Reasons to Eat More Spicy Food
Updated: Jan 8
Indian food has become one of the fastest growing segments of the ethnic food scene in recent years. More Americans have had some sort of exposure to the cuisine known for its diverse range of ingredients; tongue tickling flavors, health benefits, and levels of spiciness.
From London to Dubai, Bangkok to Brunswick, you can find an Indian restaurant just about anywhere these days. Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine has been cooking up some of India's most spicy dishes for its customers for over 30 years.
Here are 5 reasons to spice up your life with Indian Food:
1. Live Longer
A 2015 Harvard University & China National Center for Disease Control & Prevention study concluded consuming spicy food even just once a week was shown to lower mortality rates by 14 percent in humans.
2. Speed up Your Metabolism
Several international studies over the years have shed light on spices heavily used in Indian cooking such as turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, & chillies being directly linked to raising your metabolic resting rate, as well as slowing down your appetite to boost your metabolism.
3. Combat Inflammation
Known in India for centuries, Ayurvedic practices have aided in fighting inflammation within the body. Ginger, garlic, and a compound called curcumin found in turmeric are known to reduce inflammation and help treat conditions such as arthritis, nausea, and headaches.
4. Kill Bacteria
The vast nature of Indian cuisine allows it to be extremely abundant in antioxidant spices which have been used across South Asia for healing purposes for thousands of years. Turmeric and cumin have been shown to have powerful antioxidant and antibacterial healing properties which can be used to fight against harmful bacteria in the body.
5. Eat More Mindfully
Research suggests people who consume increased amounts of spicy food are more satisfied compared to those who do not. The spiciness of Indian cuisine naturally slows down the eating process giving your brain more time to absorb and process what it is consuming, and when your body is feeling full. This helps many reduce overeating and as well as being more self aware of what you are putting into your body.