You ask, we answer: Turn the heat up in the kitchen

This week’s question: Is hot sauce, like habanero or hotter than that, bad if you have too much, I mean sometimes I’m sweating from every orifice, my mouth is on fire and I always wonder is that good for me?

If you’ve been left with your mouth on fire and eyes and nose watering after a hot meal you might be happy to learn this.

New research shows adding a few dashes of hot sauce to your favourite meal could save you some serious calories.

While some condiments can send your calorie limit into overtime, hot sauce can add plenty of flavour to your meal at a fraction of the calories.

According to research in the European Journal of Nutrition, eating just one meal which contains capsaicin (the compound that gives hot sauce its heat) can reduce levels of hunger-causing ghrelin and can also raise GLP-1, an appetite-suppressing hormone.

Another study found those who drank capsaicin-spiced tomato juice before each meal over two days ingested 16% fewer calories than those who drank it plain.

Studies have also shown it can slightly increase your metabolism several hours after eating. And one teaspoon of hot sauce has 6% of your daily dose of vitamin C.

But don’t get carried away with the sauce bottle just yet. A few dashes a day is all you need. Too much hot sauce could irritate your stomach, and it contains sodium so if you’re adding it tablespoon after tablespoon those milligrams will quickly add up.

R x


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