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Turn up the Heat

If you’re one of those people who keeps a mini Tabasco or sriracha in your bag, keep up the good work. As it turns out, spicy foods have a variety of health benefits, ranging from heart health to increased metabolism. A study by the University of Vermont showed that eating capsaicin, a compound found in spicy food, can reduce risk of cardiac disease. The spice can also lower inflammation and assist in acid production in the stomach, which aids in digestion. That being said, too much spice is definitely a real thing (with real, painful side effects). If you aren’t used to eating spicy food but want to start implementing it in your diet, start small, take note of your body’s response, and build up a tolerance over time.

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