Moderation -- the key to eating the spicy food you want

If you find yourself constantly craving certain kinds of food, you’re not alone.

Whether you crave spicy food, sweet food or salty food, you never want to go overboard. Eating too much of something, even the really good stuff, can do a number on your health. Take for example, people who enjoy red meat. The rarer the better, right? Well, you could end up with food poisoning or other stomach-related problems if you eat only partially cooked meat or seafood, especially in large quantities. Surprisingly, the same goes for even fresh fruits and veggies. While they’re actually good for your health, if you don’t wash them properly you could be consuming non-tasty pesticides and fertilizers.

A cup of coffee can help wake you up in the morning and keep you alert, but again, don’t overdo it. Drinking too much caffeine could cause stomach problems to flare up. The same goes for too much sugar and salt. High salt in your diet could lead to high blood pressure and heart problems, while too much sugar could also cause high blood pressure.

A high number of sugary snacks may additionally lead to weight gain and dental problems.

Unfortunately for many of us, even too much super spicy food can exacerbate problems like indigestion, constipation and gas. The good news, of course, is that moderation is your friend. As with most things, moderation is the key to eating the spicy food you want. You don’t have to go overboard to enjoy great taste. Just be careful what you eat, and especially how much you eat in one setting. It’s pretty satisfying to climb the pepper heat scale and enjoy new spicy hot flavors. Not everything needs to be super spicy but experimenting a little with the heat scale can definitely be a great way to add more flavor to your meals.

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