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I enjoy lots of different cuisines, but I often gravitate toward spicy food. I’m all about the flavor and the sensations of spicy food excite my taste buds. Read on for three reasons to eat spicy foods and enjoy their tongue-tingling sensations.
This is by far the most important reason to eat spicy foods. While there are numerous ways to improve a dish by adding a sauce or garnish, one of the best ways to improve food taste is with a sprinkling of spice. Spice adds a kick to your food that you didn’t know it needed and brings out the flavor of some foods with a flavor bomb.
Spices improve numerous foods, such as beef jerky, and create numerous beef jerky flavors for adventurous snackers. I enjoy using as many as I can, like paprika, black pepper, and cinnamon, to improve every bite of my meal.
All foods have nutritional benefits, and spicy foods benefit the body, too. Capsaicin can increase metabolism, assist with weight loss, and provide a sudden burst of energy from the sudden burning of calories. Spicy foods are great for pre-workout meals to pump blood and prepare your body for physical activity.
The burning sensation from spices produces endorphins in the body. These chemicals will dull pain, give a euphoric feeling similar to morphine, and can even mitigate depression and fatigue.
I like to eat spicy meals whenever I’m feeling down to give myself a quick boost, so I’m prepared to take on the world with a burning passion. Eat spicy foods to feel more invigorated and less tired. Your body will feel more nourished by the food and energized by the spice.
The spice we all feel on our tongues and in our throats comes from the capsaicin in foods such as peppers. This chemical activates the body’s heat receptors and makes the brain believe the body is overheating, causing sweat and other cooling mechanisms to activate.
This excitement throughout the body is part of why many people enjoy spicy foods. When I feel my heart pumping, a tingle on my tongue, and the warm feeling in my stomach, I feel more awake and thrilled in a way I don’t find in other foods. Every spoonful of chili or bite of a jalapñeo popper will take my mind to another level and keep my blood flowing with eagerness for the next bite.
Spices are wonderful to utilize in the culinary arts, and I believe every person should implement them into their dishes. If you’re looking for that missing ingredient in your food, add a spice to bring that needed excitement.