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Plenty of people are addicted to delicious, spicy foods, celebrating the many cuisines around the globe with high-heat specialty dishes. Sichuan from China, berbere from Ethiopia, and Chenoi from India are especially revered for their spice and heat. Common spices used to increase the heat factor of the world’s best-loved spicy dishes include green and red chilis, curry powders, jerk seasonings, harissa, and Creole spice blends. These hot spices deliver big flavors, but they also come with surprising health benefits.

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1. Support Heart Health

Various studies over recent decades note that the people of countries known for spicy cuisine experience fewer incidences of heart disease than those in many other countries. Chili peppers, in particular, appear to promote heart health. They contain a substance called capsaicin. This hot and spicy substance helps reduce bad LDL cholesterol in the body, which promotes heart health.

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