Reasons You Should Eat More Spicy Food August 18 2015

Spice enthusiasts rejoice - in addition to rousing your taste buds, spicy foods may also lead to a longer life according to a recent seven-year study.

Observing nearly half a million people across China, a study published in BMJ found those who consumed spicy foods (mainly in form of chili peppers), once or twice a week had a 10 percent reduced risk of death compared with those who ate spicy meals less than once a week. 

What about spicy food is so special? The study points to the benefits of capsaicin, the spicy chemical in peppers, which has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer-fighting properties.

So if you’re not a fan of the hot stuff, it may be time you gave it a shot. Give it a go with some of the below recipes, using your trusted La Flor Spices:

  • Honeydew with Sweet-Heat Lime Sauce: Mix together some lime juice, honey, chopped mint, and cayenne pepper. Then skewer some bite-sized honeydew melon pieces and serve. (Recipe here ») 
  • Grilled Fish Tacos: Instead of deep-frying the fish for these tacos, coat your summer catch in a flavor-packed chile rub and grill it instead! (Recipe here »)
  • Bean Burgers with Spicy Guacamole: Sure to please even the most devoted of carnivores - the cornmeal coating gives a pleasant crunch and paprika, cumin, cilantro, and guac add some Southwestern flavor! (Recipe here ») 
  • Mediterranean Style Stuffed Peppers: Artichoke hearts, feta cheese, chickpeas - oh my! This Mediterranean Style stuffed peppers recipe creates a flavor unlike anything else. (Recipe here »)

Any spice fanatics have some recipes to share? Post them to our Facebook page for the rest of the La Flor community to see!

When taste is everything, La Flor is all you need to transform your everyday meal into an extraordinary culinary delight. Shop our selection of spices, herbs, and blends on the web - keep it spicy America!