6 Benefits Of Adding Hot Sauce To Your Meals

Health benefits of using hot sauce

Hot sauce is known to add spicy flavor to your food and in turn giving your mouth a burning sensation. Its main ingredient being chili peppers, hot sauce also includes some other spices that give it the amazing flavor.

Hot sauce is usually used to enhance the taste of the meal but little is known about its anti-aging, anticancer, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Hot sauce contains vitamin C and capsaicin which can help you maintain a healthy weight, normalize blood pressure and lowers bad cholesterol, improves blood circulation and immunity. Spicy food can help you live longer if consumed regularly.1


Health Benefits Of Using Hot Sauce

1. It Can Help You Manage Your Weight

Hot sauce can help you manage your weight

If you want to lose weight, adding some hot sauce to your food can do wonders. With hot sauce, not only are you taking it very few calories but its vitamin C and capsaicin can also boost your metabolism, thereby aiding weight loss. Capsaicin increases energy expenditure and decreases body fat.2 3


Being spicy, hot sauce promotes slow eating. Eating your food slowly can help you eat less and also keeps you satisfied for longer, in turn preventing cravings.

2. It Can Improve Your Mood

Hot sauce can improve your mood


Capsaicin is responsible for the heat and pain you experience after having the spicy hot sauce. To combat this pain, your body produces endorphins or the “feel-good” hormones that help to elevate your mood instantly.

This is the reason why spicy food, including hot sauce, can improve your mood.


3. It Can Clear Sinus

Hot sauce can help you clear sinus

Next time you are suffering from a blocked or stuffy nose, grab some hot sauce and add it to your soup. If even temporarily, hot sauce can effectively clear your sinuses, relieving you from the irritation of a cold.4


In addition to helping you get rid of the mucus that causes congestion, it also helps your body fight allergens.

4. It Can Relieve Joint Pain And Inflammation

Hot sauce can relieve joint pain and inflammation


Capsaicin in hot sauce can effectively relieve many types of pain, including joint pain and migraine. Although capsaicin in the hot sauce can cause your lips and mouth to burn, it has pain relieving properties. If you suffer from joint pain, including hot sauce in your meals can help you get rid of the pain.

Also, it reduces inflammation and joint pain caused due to arthritis and other inflammations in the body.


5. It Can Help Fight Cancer

Hot sauce has cancer-fighting properties

Hot sauce has cancer-fighting properties due to the presence of capsaicin. Cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of cells. Capsaicin induces apoptosis, the process of programmed cell death or cell suicide.5 6

It kills the cancer cells and inhibits cancer cell growth in the colon, breast, and pancreatic, while the normal cells are not harmed.

6. It Can Prevent Diabetes

Hot sauce is effective in preventing diabetes

The antioxidant capsaicin is also effective in preventing diabetes. It can reduce your blood sugar by increasing the insulin levels in the body. Having hot sauce can help the people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes as it will help to regulate their blood sugar. 7 8 It can also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.9

Note: Excess of hot sauce in your food will do more harm than good to you. Gradually build a tolerance to the spicy flavor and increase the quantity in moderation.