Updated: Jan 23
Our whole menú is rich in spicy food, and just because we love it.
Let's be honest.
But it is also true that herbs and spices contribute rich flavour to food without adding any calories, fat, sugar or salt, increasing their complexity and also complementing to other flavours already present.
And science is in our favour.
Spices -and not just the fiery spice from capsaicin found in chilli peppers-, like cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, ginger, and cumin, as well as chilli of course, host many health benefits.
They are a good source of vitamins B and C, iron, calcium, and other antioxidants.
Here are five compelling reasons to reconsider adding a little spice to your life if you haven't done yet:
Consuming it on an almost daily basis increases longevity benefits by lowering mortality rates by 14 per cent, according to a large 2015 study by Harvard and China National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Certain spices — like cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, peppers, and chillies — can raise your metabolic resting rate and slow down your appetite. Spicy foods focus on capsaicin - the compound of chilli peppers that boosts the body-, have the ability to break down fat and burn more energy, while at the same time act on the hypothalamus — the part of the brain that controls hunger and fullness-.
It may improve heart health because it reduces the risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes-
Capsaicin can stimulate a healthy gut flora and have a positive effect on the gastrointestinal tract, boosting the microbiome, important for immune function and other aspects of health.
Curcumin - a compound in turmeric-, may reduce inflammation in the body and capsaicin can help combat low-grade inflammation in the gut — a type of inflammation that has been linked to obesity-. Its ability to combat inflammation, can help treat pain ranging from arthritis and fibromyalgia. In Ayurvedic medicine, the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger and garlic have been used for centuries to treat a range of conditions, like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and even headaches and nausea.
So, now that you know, come to Hotbox and live life with extra spice.