Do you like hot and spicy food? If so, you are in good company. You can celebrate along with people around the word.
People have been using hot spices in their recipes for over 6000 years.
The hottest chili pepper in the world is the Naga Jolokia. On an average, one of these peppers is over 170 times spicier than a jalapeno pepper.
Throughout the world, there are hundreds of different spices that contribute to an array of hot flavored foods.
There are health benefits to eatting hot and spicy foods. Hot and spicy foods can actually be very good for you because of their medicinal and antimicrobial properties. Garlic, chilies, onions, allspice, and oregano all kill bacteria and make food safer to consume. Hot and spicy foods are often considered to be a combat for the common cold.
In general, hot and spicy foods are stimulants. They stimulate the circulation and raise body temperature.
To celebrate International Hot and Spicy Food Day, try a few hot peppers or hot sauces with your food.