Health & Fitness Could eating spicy foods help you reduce your salt intake?

16:30  13 november  2017
16:30  13 november  2017 Source:   Prima (UK)

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Eating spicy foods could have a surprising health benefit. A new study suggests spicy foods may curb salt cravings Most Popular. Getty Andrea Pistolesi. By Francesca Rice. 1 November 2017. We all know that eating too much salt can have negative effects on your health

Reducing salt in food will help reduce this tendency to swelling. Research shows that if you eat too much salt in your diet, this can increase blood pressure levels and in turn increase your risk of a This will also help reduce your salt intake , especially if you reduce the portion size of high salt foods .

Eating spicy foods could have a surprising health benefit © Andrea Pistolesi / Getty Eating spicy foods could have a surprising health benefit We all know that eating too much salt can have negative effects on your health, causing high blood pressure and putting you at higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

But, as we also know all too well, salty foods are pretty delicious – and hard to resist.

So, if you're looking to reduce your salt intake, then a new study by scientists at China's Third Military Medical University may pique your interest.

It turns out you might want to try eating spicier foods in order to curb your salt cravings...

After checking whether over 600 participants enjoyed spicy and salty flavours, the team checked whether their preferences were linked to blood pressure.

When you eat could affect your skin's protection from the sun

  When you eat could affect your skin's protection from the sun Should we get out of 'holiday mode' when it comes to eating?A new study from researchers at UT Southwestern medical centre in Dallas, Texas, has found that eating at abnormal times can reduce the amount of natural protection against UV rays that your body produces.

Spicy foods may increase sensitivity to salt — meaning you 'll need less of it. (Photo: Rima Bondarenko/Shutterstock). Lowering your sodium intake can help to prevent health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease.

There are a number of simple ways that you can reduce your salt intake . Give yourself time to adjust. Many of us have developed a preference for salty flavours due to years of eating manufactured foods with a high salt content as well as the use of salt as seasoning.

And, oddly enough, researchers found that those who ate more spicy foods had lower blood pressure and consumed less salt than those who enjoyed them least.

The team then scanned the volunteers' brains and found that the areas stimulated by salty and spicy foods overlap, and that spice further increases brain activity in parts of the brain activated by salt.

As a result, the team has concluded that spicy foods may make us more sensitive to the taste of salt, which ultimately means we eat less of it.

While further research is now needed, senior study author Dr Zhiming Zhu suggets that adding spices to your cooking could help you reduce salt intake without compromising on flavour.

'If you add some spices to your cooking, you can cook food that tastes good without using as much salt,' he wrote in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension.

When you eat could affect your skin's protection from the sun

  When you eat could affect your skin's protection from the sun Should we get out of 'holiday mode' when it comes to eating?A new study from researchers at UT Southwestern medical centre in Dallas, Texas, has found that eating at abnormal times can reduce the amount of natural protection against UV rays that your body produces.

Read on to learn which foods can help you fight hypertension. 6. Bananas. Eating foods that are rich in potassium is better than taking supplements. Incorporating flavorful herbs and spices into your daily diet can also help you cut back on your salt intake .

Limiting your daily salt intake can help prevent major diseases. Step 5 Reduce salt when cooking Flavor foods with herbs, vinegar, and lemons instead of bouillon cubes and sauces, which are high in sodium.

'Yes, habit and preference matter when it comes to spicy food, but even a small, gradual increase in spices in your food may have a health benefit.'

Anyone fancy a curry tonight?

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