Alright folks, first things first. Our lawyers say we gotta get this out of the way: we aren’t doctors. Like, AT ALL. If anything, we’re the opposite of doctors. We make tequila. Really, really good tequila, yes, but we’re not exactly qualified to give your next check up.
That being said, the health benefits of spicy food are pretty well-documented, guys. We can’t legally say tequila is good for you, but... Eating spicy stuff is good for you. Ghost Tequila is spicy stuff. Make of that what you will. Kanye shrug.
To the health nuts out there: your food is trash. We’re sorry. It just is. You haven’t had a burger in five years (respect, honestly), so you might not realize how trash your quinoa crackers are (hint: they’re very trash). By the logic of common sense, a dash of hot sauce can make even the most boring, cardboard-flavored, healthy foods taste like a party in your mouth. Hot sauce just makes eating healthy taste good. Not sciencey enough? In addition, studies show that capsaicin, the chemical that puts the ‘spicy’ in your spicy food, helps to boost your metabolism. Coping with the spice takes up energy from your body, so you actually burn more calories immediately after a nice spicy snack. Pre-workout spicy marg anyone?
Studies have shown that folks who eat spicy food run a much lower risk of heart attack and heart disease. That’s just science, guys! The jury is still out on the details, but doctors are figuring it out as we speak. The leading theory? Ironically, capsaicin actually fights inflammation, which is one of the leading causes of heart attacks. It also fights the negative effects of bad cholesterol -- another big part of the heart attack puzzle. Our non-qualified advice that you should probably ignore? Ditch the Bayer, eat a habanero.
Prevents Bad Breath
We’ve all been a little too close to someone with the ol’ dragon breath. It’s not cool. At all. Hot peppers are an age-old disinfectant, and they do the same thing in your mouth. The spicy food actually fights and kills the bacteria causing bad breath, leaving you fresh as hell and ready to do your thing.
Reduces Cancer Risk
We know -- this one sounds too good to be true. But, don’t just take our word for it. Dr. Gregory A. Plotnikoff, of Allina Hospitals and Clinics, said: “It has the same effects on the body as certain cancer drugs do.” As we said before, we’re not doctors. But this guy sure as hell is. When it comes to health, who are we to argue with a literal doctor? Ladies, you can probably skip over this next part. But fellas, listen up here: capsaicin is shown to reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed. Get your spicy on -- it might just save your life.
Finally...Spicy Food Literally Promotes Happiness
When you eat spicy foods, your brain creates the creatively-named pain chemical Substance P.
Sidenote: we know scientists aren’t exactly known for being poets, but they really couldn’t do any better than “Substance P”? I mean, really? Anyways, when Substance P is released, the brain decides you’re feeling pain. In response, it creates huge amounts of endorphins and dopamine, giving you the ‘spicy high’ that we’ve come to know and love. So next time you drink Ghost Tequila -- no, it’s not just the alcohol.