Why Spicy Foods are Useful and Dangerous for the Body

According to the gastroenterologist, spicy foods have a warming effect, but you can’t use them, like raspberries or honey, to “warm up” during a cold.

Spicy foods contain healthy substances, but such food should be treated with caution because its effect on the body is not always beneficial. This was stated by nutritionist and gastroenterologist Margarita Arzumanyan.

“There are scientific studies that prove that spicy food has antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps to normalize weight, lowers bad cholesterol, and normalizes blood pressure. But a study conducted in China, in which about 4,500 people participated, showed that with a daily intake of about 50 grams of pepper, people complained of cognitive decline. So not everything is so great with spicy food,” the expert said.

According to Arzumanyan, spicy foods have a warming effect, but it is not recommended to use them, raspberries or honey, for example, to increase sweating during a cold.

The point is that spicy food irritates the upper respiratory tract and provokes coughing, the nutritionist explained.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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