This health advice is HOT
Americans can’t agree on many things these days.
But it appears that people of all stripes are in love with at least one thing: hot sauce.
Over the last 10 years, hot sauce sales have been blowing up.
Whether it’s Tabasco, Frank’s, Sriracha, Cholula… doesn’t matter. They’re all growing, and fast.
Tabasco has been around for more than 150 years and hasn’t seen growth like this in a long time. They put out a super-hot sauce called “Scorpion” and it created a waiting list almost overnight.
Old Bay did the same last year and they sold through their inventory in just a few hours!
Young bucks like to prove their mettle by taking the heat index of food up to “scorching,” but it’s natural for older people to gravitate to hot foods too.
After all, your taste buds lose a little of their luster, and you need something to spice things up.
And get this: all this hot sauce is actually good for you.
Imagine that. Something popular that’s not going to kill you!
Hot peppers are loaded with antioxidants that can even slow cancer growth. They have phytonutrients that protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.
And while it seems counterintuitive, the capsaicin in hot sauces actually lower blood pressure. It relaxes blood vessels, so blood flows more freely.
And, if you deal with seasonal allergies or you’re stuck with a cold, a dash of something spicy can open up your sinuses and get you breathing again.
Hot sauce can even tame arthritis pain.
I guess if your mouth is hurting, you forget about your hands!
If you’re dealing with pain, eating something hot can actually ease arthritis pain and other aches. The brain senses the hot sauce and releases endorphins, which reduce inflammation all over the body.
No wonder people like it hot.
Just be careful. I can remember one time I had some of the guys over for the game and I broke out this sauce I got as a gift.
Something called “Dave’s Insanity Sauce.”
Now, I put just a dash into a huge pot of gumbo and it gave it a mighty kick. But one of my friends decided to turn it up a notch.
He threw a bunch more of this devil’s fire right in his own bowl, and the next thing you know he was hiccupping, crying, and generally looking like someone shot his dog.
And I can’t even imagine what it was like when it came out the other end.
Do you have a favorite hot sauce? Let me know so I can try it!