Anyone who has felt the acid-induced aftermath of a spicy meal can understand why hot spices are often believed to cause ulcers. But while spicy foods may indeed aggravate ulcers, there is no evidence to suggest that they cause them.
The University of Rochester Medical Center says that bacteria called helicobacter pylori causes most ulcers, and anti-inflammatory painkillers cause the majority of the rest. Tobacco and alcohol use further exacerbate the risk of developing an ulcer. Spicy foods may intensify the painful effects of an ulcer, as can stress.
The Benefits of Hot Spices
A spicy diet has actually has several health benefits. Surprisingly, Best Health Magazine reports that hot chili peppers can work to protect the stomach lining and fight against the damaging effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. The risk of stomach cancer may increase when someone eats the equivalent 9-25 jalapenos per day, however that number is large enough that most people will not have a problem. Additionally, research has shown that capsaicin, the substance that gives spicy spices their kick, may kill lung and pancreatic cancer cells.
Great Ways To Incorporate Hot Spices Into Your Diet
Two words: hot sauce. Hot sauce can be used on everything from eggs to sandwiches to noodle dishes. Sauces vary in specific flavor and spiciness, so there is a variety out there for everyone.
Curry is a well-loved spice that is found in many Indian and Thai dishes. Some curries also include hot peppers, for a double whammy of spice flavor.
Mexican food is also a typically spicy cuisine. Prepare a spice mix of chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, dried chipotle chile pepper, oregano leaves, and salt. Use on meat or in chili dishes.
Spicy food is nothing to be afraid of, and can be a great component of your healthy eating plan. The next time you need to spice things up in the kitchen, reach for the hot stuff!
“Why spicy food is good for you”, Celia Milne, Best Health Magazine
“Digestive Myths Slideshow”, WebMD
“Health Myths and Facts”, University of Rochester Medical Center
Nuts are one of nature’s little gifts to us. They are loaded with flavor, provide that satisfying crunch that is often missing from diets that are free of oily potato chips. In addition to being tasty little snacks, nuts are loaded with healthy fat! Great news, right? Before you leave this page and never come back, take a second to see all the great things nuts can do for your body:
Regulate blood pressure. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) calls for 4-5 servings of pecans every week. While it will not cure high blood pressure, it is important in regulating blood pressure.
Prevent breast cancer. Pecans are loaded with oleic acid, a fatty acid that is also found in foods like olive oil, yeast breads and dairy.
Weight control. You read that right. This “fatty” food is great for regulating your weight. Many studies have shown that diets containing nuts make it easier to keep weight off. Pecans have very low carb content so they are perfect for low-carb diets.
If you’re looking to make the perfect crunchy snack using this super food, consider using this spiced nuts recipe. These Mississippi Spiced Pecans will make the perfect appetizer for your next dinner party.
1 pound pecan halves
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon piment d’Espelette, or a pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350F and spread the pecans on a large baking sheet. Roast them until you can smell them. This should take about 12 minutes. Make sure they do not overheat and become charred.
Combine brown sugar, salt, thyme, rosemary, pepper and piment d’Espelette (or cayenne) in a small bowl.
Put the pecans in a large bowl and sprinkle them with oil, making sure that each pecan is coated.
Sprinkle the spice mixture on the nuts and toss them again.
You can serve them warm and fresh from the oven or let them cool and store them in an airtight container.
When your guests find out that you made these delicious spicy roasted pecans yourself, you’ll be the toast of the town. When a dish is this easy to make, this delicious to eat and this healthful for your body, how can you resist?
“Maple-Spiced Nuts Recipe”, Health Magazine
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