7 Reasons to Add Cayenne Pepper to Your Diet

Hispanics love for spicy food is no surprise. In fact, most Hispanic and Latin American countries are known for using some type of pepper in their food to add a little bit of heat. It just gives food that extra kick of flavor that makes food taste even better. Cayenne pepper or red chili peppers are used in many Latin American countries. It’s a member of the capsicum family of peppers, which has many health benefits.

ThinkstockPhotos-457417249 Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, which is what produces that burning sensation when you eat it. Most people like to add cayenne pepper to their food because they like that extra kick, but there’s a reason you start sweating and your nose starts running when you eat this. Capsaicin found in cayenne pepper causes your body to respond as if it were in a hot environment. It activates chemical receptors inside your body to cause a reflexive cooling response, which is why you start sweating.

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