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Five Reasons Why Liking Spicy Foods Means You’re A Bad@$$

1. Because risk-takers like spicy food (it’s been proven by research).

According to research presented at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo, there’s a clear correlation between personality types and hot-spice preferences. In particular, the single personality trait of being a risk-taker was consistently associated with liking spicy foods. The study found that people who seek adventure and revel in intense sensations enjoy spicy foods more than those who evade risky situations.

2. Because eating spicy food can prevent cancer.

It turns out the capsaicin found in chili peppers has the ability to kill some cancer and leukemic cells. Additionally, the spice turmeric (found in curry powder and some mustards) may slow the spread of cancer and growth of tumors.

3. Because it helps you lose weight.

Good news folks, spicy foods can help speed up your metabolism, too! The same capsaicin found in chili peppers has a thermogenic effect causes the body to continue burning additional calories, even after you’ve finished your spicy meal.

4. Because you’re more relaxed, and less angry, when you spice it up.

Eating spicy foods increases the production of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin. With these hormones in effect, you are less stressed and depressed.

5.      Because you’re healthier when you eat spicy foods.

Studies show that cultures that frequently eat spicy foods are less likely to suffer from heart attacks and strokes. Specifically, chili peppers can reduce the effect of poor cholesterol and capsaicin helps fight heart inflammation. Even better, Vitamins A and C strengthen your heart muscles and the heat from the pepper increases blow flow throughout your body.

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