Although many prefer, it is a widespread belief that spicy food is harmful to health. However, even if it has a number of troublesome side-effects, numerous studies have proved that there are a lot more positive effects on health.

Positive Effects:

Many doctors, as soon as a digestive problem occurs, they give advice to avoid spicy foods, consuming such food that actually has a number of benefits for the gastrointestinal system and for health in general.

Just to mention a research by Chinese scientists in 2015, which was attended by half a million patients and showed that people who consume six to seven times per week are spicy food have a 14 percent lower risk of death from any cause compared with those that eat spicy food once a week or less often.

However, similar results were observed for mortality and death of specific diseases, such as cancer, heart attack and respiratory diseases. Part of the positive effects can be attributed to chili or its bioactive component capsaicin, which has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. And there are numerous other studies have confirmed the association between intense spicy courses as a prevention of various diseases, including heart diseases.



  • ‘Kills’ cholesterol

According to the results of a study conducted at the University of Hong Kong, capsaicin, which a cayenne pepper has it, can reduce the risk of accumulation of cholesterol in the veins, which helps prevent heart disease. In addition, it has the ability to accelerate the flow of blood in the vessels and blocking the gene which otherwise narrows the blood vessels.

Not only ingredient capsaicin of hot spices has a positive effect on health. For example, a turmeric, Indian spicy flavoring plant, a comprising curcumin potent antioxidant that protects against a number of diseases. It’s extremely important regarding the antitumor and anti-inflammatory activity, which is of a great assistance to persons suffering from arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

Curcumin is the solution so far proved effective in alleviating the symptoms of diabetes, depression, liver diseases and gastrointestinal diseases. Otherwise, hot peppers, although you might have thought just the opposite, are found very effective in the treatment of ulcers. The culprit for most ulcers is a bacterium Helicobacter pylori, a substance from hot peppers, cayenne pepper and other sharp spices plays an important role in the destruction of the bacteria. A study showed that people who eat Chinese food, which has very little sharp spices, suffer more often from ulcers than people who eat Indian or Malaysian food that is rich with hot spices.

  • Say goodbye to overweight

It should be mentioned that hot food helps in weight loss. One Canadian study found that people who appetizer was spicy meal in the rest of the Union in the organism 200 calories less than respondents whose appetizer was not so very spicy. In addition, a study conducted at the University of California showed that a substance similar to capsaicin, but less spicy and present in sweet peppers and those milder bitter promotes the consumption of calories, speeds up the metabolism by about 8 percent, raises the body temperature and thus, increases calorie consumption.

Inconvenient of spicy food:


Despite massive evidence of the positive effects of spicy food, there are those who say that it, especially if eaten in excessive amounts, can be harmful. For example, hot food by itself does not cause heartburn, but it can worsen if the problem already exists. In addition, some people for these type of food can have a laxative effect, causing diarrhea. In fact, one of the inconvenient side effect of hot food is that it is irritant and immediately launches the intestine, as in them entering the food, resulting in “running to the toilet.”

  • It hurts, it hurts, but I do not feel anything

Another awkward phenomenon is that the hot spices, although that food gives intense flavor, with time can dull the taste buds making sense of the taste to becomes weakened and distinguish nuances, difficult or completely absent.

Research conducted at the University of California showed that except that affects the signals to the taste of the brain, capsaicin and deadens pain sensors on the tongue. This situation is only temporary, but long-term and frequent eating spicy food can result in permanent damage to the taste buds.

  • Cannot sleep after consuming spicy food?

One of the proven negative effects of spicy food, but for many who might not know, is that it causes insomnia, especially if it is eaten in the evening. Research conducted at the University of Tasmania and Australia published in the journal International Journal of Psychophysiology showed that in subjects who ate spicy food there is a change in sleep patterns.