Spicy Food May Improve Your Health
Turns out, spices like paprika and turmeric are good for more than just adding flavor to your meals—they can also radically cut levels of triglycerides (a type of fat) in your blood.
That’s the conclusion of a new study conducted by researchers at Penn State. When a liberal dose of spice was added to high-fat meals, triglyceride levels fell by 30 percent, and insulin levels dropped by 20 percent, reports NPR.
To conduct the study, researchers served a bland, high-fat meal to a group of subjects. The next day, the identical meal—this time heavily seasoned with a spice blend that included garlic, paprika, rosemary, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves—was given to the test group. That’s all it took: triglycerides and insulin took a nosedive.
Those are pretty impressive numbers, and head researcher Sheila West told NPR she plans to continue the study to isolate which spices provide the most benefit.