Why Do We Love Spicy Food? - Getzz

Why Do We Love Spicy Food?

Spicy food is always on the menu. People love the spice in their food from a cool, mild salsa, right through to the three-alarm, hotter than a midsummer’s day at Nairn Beach kinda spice.  Whether it’s a tasty traditional curry in Inverness or a new spicy takeaway in Inverness you’re after, why do people love a bit o’ heat with their food?

Today we examine the question “Why do people love spicy food so much?”

Spicy Food can Produce Adrenaline

Peppers are the main culprits when it comes to heat in a dish. Hot peppers trigger a defence response when our bodies detect pain and react to that pain by releasing adrenaline. Adrenaline is a hormone produced by the brain that creates a state of excitement that can be very pleasurable. Some people are more tantalised by adrenaline and will seek out ways to create more of the hormone. That’s why folks go skydiving or (to a lesser degree) eat hot food!

Hot Food is Safe Food

Researchers have hypothesised that the taste for spice comes from a genetic memory from when we used to use spices to preserve food. Peppers contain a compound called capsaicin which is what makes them hot. This compound also inhibits the growth of microorganisms that cause food-borne illnesses. So, the brain thinks “it’s hot, we aren’t gonna get sick from it” making the food more desirable.

This theory is anecdotally supported by the fact that spicy foods are more common in hot countries where food is more likely to spoil quickly.

Your Mum Could Be the Reason You Love Spicy Food

There is some compelling evidence out there that suggests that the foods a mother eat whilst pregnant influences the flavours the baby will enjoy after birth. If your mother is sitting about munching on vindaloos and Flamin’ Hot Monster Munch, then you’re  more likely to go on to love spicy food. The flavours we experience as small children will also affect our tastes as we grow up too. If you grow up eating spicy foods all the time, you’re more likely to enjoy spicy food later in life and will order all sorts of hot takeaway curries in Inverness as an adult.

Some People Are Supertasters

The tolerance for heat in our food can vary dramatically from person to person.  The main reasons for this can come down to good old physiology, as various factors ranging from the papillae on your tongue to inherited genetic factors can influence how you taste, and in turn, enjoy your food. Some people can detect a whole range of flavour notes from a dish that is totally wasted on someone else’s tongue and when it comes to heat, some people enjoy the physical sensation and others cannot abode such a party in their mouth!

Some Find the Taste for Spice

Flavours like coffee and whiskey are “acquired tastes”, spicy food can fall into the same category. You can train your palate to tolerate and eventually enjoy hot peppers by eating dishes containing hot spices regularly. Some people do train themselves in the art of spice, whether it be to prove something to themselves, or maybe to broaden their palate and introduce more tastes into their lives.

If you want to train your brain to love the spice, start by eating mild pepper in your meals and gradually working up through the hotter peppers like jalapeno, through to the pure hot, hot heat of Scotch bonnet or habanero. 

Is Spicy Food Healthy?

Some people eat spicy food because it can have a range of health benefits:

  • According to researchers, adding spicy food to your diet can lower mortality rates by up to 14 percent
  • Spicy food speeds up your metabolism. Spices like cumin, cinnamon, peppers, and chillies can raise your metabolic resting rate and slow down your appetite.
  • Spicy food helps combat inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger and garlic have been used for centuries to treat a range of conditions, like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and even more recently, anti-inflammatory foods have been seen to relieve symptoms of “Long COVID”.
  • Capsaicin (that cheeky compound found in peppers, remember?) has been shown by researchers at UCLA to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in mice.
  • Some spices have been seen to have powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. This means they can help fight bad bacteria in the body along with your immune system.

Where Can I Get Spicy Food Near me?

Looking for the best Indian Takeaways in Inverness? Looking for great local spicy food?  Look no further than getzz app – the local Inverness takeaway app that finds the ‘best Indian takeaway near me’ and curries in Inverness in a flash!

On getzz, they only have the best local food delivered to your door or prepared fresh for collection. You can order some fantastic curries in Inverness, from old favourites to tasty new flavours from great local restaurants like:

Sam’s Indian Cuisine Inverness – serving curries in Inverness since the ’80s, Sam’s has a great range of spicy to mild dishes that’s sure to tickle everyone’s fancy!

Georges Thai & South Indian Restaurant – George’s has the most unique offerings of dishes with its Thai and South Indian inspired cuisine. A place you can order from every day of the week and not get tired of their distinctive menu.

Kool Runnings – The Jamaican emporium has a name for spicy food in Inverness. Get the curried goat and enjoy the best spice this side of the Atlantic! 

Blacksmiths Pub and Cantonese Restaurant & Takeaway – The Culloden Chinese and pub is famous for its salt and chilli range of dishes, as well as its diverse menu of great Chinese classics to enjoy and new dishes to try! Check out their Szechuan dishes to add a bit of spice into your life! They also do a great Chinese curry special exclusive to getzz every Wednesday and Thursday!

Wok Inn at The Abbey Inn Kinloss – The best pub in Kinloss offers a great Cantonese fusion menu that’s chock full of eastern spices!

There’s loads to choose from on getzz. If you’re looking for ‘takeaway near me’, download the app now and see what’s cooking!

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