August 6, 2015

Hot . . . and Spicy (Food Day)

Did you know there was such a thing as Hot and Spicy Food Day? Around my house, it seems, everyone who cooks, except for me, thinks it should be Hot and Spicy Food Day every day. But the actual "holiday" is August 19th. 

In honor of the day, we will be celebrating with a little Tandoor Chef - easy and quick. 




Here are five other reasons you should try them out:

1. Weight Loss: Studies show that the main compound in chilies, called capsaicin, has a thermogenic effect and may cause the body to burn more calories and boost metabolism. 
Heat up! Lamb Vindaloo.

2. Heart Health: Studies show that cultures that eat the spiciest foods have much lower incidence of heart attack and stroke. It could be because chili peppers help to reduce the damaging effects of bad cholesterol while capsaicin helps to fight inflammation.
Heat up! Vegetable Pad Thai.

3. Cancer Prevention: Some studies suggest that capsaicin has the ability to kill some cancer and leukemic cells. Another spice, turmericmay slow the spread of cancer and growth of tumors.

4. Lower Blood Pressure: Vitamins A and C strengthen the heart muscle walls, and spicy heat can increase blood flow throughout your body.

5. Boost Your Mood: Spicy foods boost production of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin, easing depression and stress.
Heat up! Malai Kofta.
Tandoor Chef sponsored this post and may provide me with samples in return for my cooperation.