How spicy do you like it? Many people enjoy that tongue-tingling, lip-burning sensation that comes from eating hot sauces, which contain the scorching heat of chile peppers. Some people may prefer a milder heat with more flavor while others (who seem down-right crazy to the rest of us) just can’t seem to find a hot sauce they can’t handle. Thankfully, there’s a chile pepper (and a variety of hot sauces) to match any mark on the Scoville scale.
While you may already love the spicy stuff for your own reasons, today we’re here to explain a whole new set of reasons why hot sauce should be a staple condiment in your kitchen. From weight-loss support to cancer-fighting properties, let’s take a look at these seven healthy benefits of hot sauce…
1. High in Vitamin C
Hot sauce is primarily made from chile peppers, along with other spices and seasonings, and chile peppers contain high levels of vitamin C. In fact, one ounce of sliced jalapeño peppers contains about 40 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 66-percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C is essential for health skin, teeth and bones and plays a vital role in our bodies metabolism, immune system, healing wounds and development of connective tissue.
Vitamin C is also as antioxidant (which we’ll talk more about later) which means it destroys free radicals that can damage our cells. So the next time you’re looking for a vitamin C hit, think twice before reaching for the orange juice and consider a spicy kick instead.