Foodie Friday: Eating Spicy Foods? You Might Just Stay Healthier

A recent study suggests that people who frequently eat spicy foods could have a lower risk of heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer. In the study spicy foods were defined as items like chili peppers.

Whether it’s the antioxidants that occur naturally in vegetables (yes, chili peppers are vegetables) or some other anti-inflammatory component, spicy foods and chilly winter weather are a natural fit. And even if you're not a fan of spicy foods, adding spices and herbs to dishes boosts nutrition.

Some spices to try include:

  • basil
  • black pepper
  • cardamom
  • chamomile
  • chili powder
  • cilantro
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • coriander
  • cumin
  • fennel seeds
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • nutmeg
  • paprika
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • turmeric


Here’s one recipe to get you started: Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili. If you’re a fan of spicy foods, you could amp up the heat with chopped chili peppers or cayenne powder.


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