With a lot of myths and legends about the humble Hot Sauce it is no wonder that a great many people think that the sauce is not particularly healthy, while it’s true that particular groups such as most people that have diabetes, woman who are planning for a pregnancy or are pregnant and people with heart conditions can have serious negative effects from eating the sauce, there are many positives and health rewards from having some hot sauce spread over your meal.
The first thing that should be noted from eating Hot Sauces as part of a healthy diet is the fact it can actually help you lose weight, the ingredients in the sauce not only push your body until it is like you are having a workout by increasing your heart rate but also the sauce itself is relatively fat free and healthy, especially if you have the sauce while you are on a calorie controlled diet. From adding the hot sauce to bland foods (which are normally healthier) you can cut down on a lot of the fatty foods from your diet ensuring that you cut down not only on the obvious fat content that your body is absorbing but also the cholesterol intake making this sauce heart friendly also.
People that are susceptible to stomach ulcers are often told to stay rightfully away from hot sauce due to the potential damage that the sauces can cause on the stomach, however conversely people that have bad digestion are often told (by doctors orders) to eat spicy foods including hot sauces to help aid their natural digestion. By eating hot and spicy foods regularly it helps promote blood flow via the stomach and also helps grow and develop healthy stomach linings!
It is not just physical effects that the chillies in hot sauce will help you with as mental illnesses may also be helped by the modest bottle of hot sauce as it has been proven by scientists that it can help the battle in depression. The vast heat experienced by the body from the chillies have been found to help stimulate the brain into releasing endorphins into the body, these are the natural chemicals that the body produces and give an experience of happiness. Not only do they make you happy but they have been considered to be “natural painkillers” as well as the “runners natural high”, emphasizing how this could help people that are suffering from depression without having to resort to medication.
Another old wives tale is that to cure a cold you take a tablespoon of hot sauce, as farfetched as this may sound there is some truth in the story with hot sauce containing Vitamins A, B complex, C and D along with a lot of trace minerals meaning that if you were looking to fight off any cold or flu having regular amounts of hot sauce will help you build up your natural defenses, although it is a bit off totally healing and curing a cold it does go some way to help your body fight off the bugs.
Overall there may be cases when having hot sauce is negative but as seen here there’s also many positive to having regular amounts of hot sauce if eaten moderately and not overdone! It can benefit with diets, help your digestion, it can even make you happy and just like your grandmother once informed you it can even be used to fight off the everyday cold!