San Francisco is one of the most visited destinations in the country, and its Richmond District is home to popular attractions like Golden Lake Park, the Presidio, and Mountain Lake Park. Of course, the area's biggest draw is still its affluent Chinatown, one of the many notable ones in the metropolis.
While temples and shops are sure to be on many people's itinerary when visiting Chinatown, those who love spicy food have reason to be excited as well. After all, you can dine at a San Francisco Chinese restaurant to sample some of the hottest— and yummiest— Szechuan cuisine.
Better yet, eating piquant delicacies is not only good for your palette; it's great for your health, too. Read on to know the health benefits that spicy food can offer:
Heat Equals Heart Health
According to article March 27, 2012 article from ABC News, spicy food can help improve people's cardiovascular health:
…New research on hamsters suggests that those who like it hot may get some added heart-health benefits from capsaicinoids, the compounds that give chili peppers from jalepenos to habaneros their kick.
Researchers fed hamsters diets high in cholesterol, and spiced up the food for some groups of the animals with varying levels of capsaicinoids.
The hamsters fed any capsaicinoids had lower levels of cholesterol in their blood, particularly LDL or "bad" cholesterol. They also had decreased plaque in their arteries compared with the hamsters that got no capsaicinoids.
Sweat those Pounds Away
Did you know that eating spicy cuisine can temporarily boost your metabolism by up to 8%? As you might know, the faster your metabolism is, the more calories you'll burn.
An Australian study also found that people who regularly ate hot dishes tend to fall asleep quicker at bedtime, woke up less during the night, and had an easier time getting out of bed.
If you plan to indulge your love for spicy Asian cuisine, be sure to eat a renowned Chinese restaurant in San Francisco like the Chili House, where you can enjoy signature dishes like Chicken with Explosive Chili, Frog with Flaming Chili Oil, and Tender Fish Filet Boiled in Szechuan Pickled Mustard Broth. Your tummy and your entire body will thank you for it!
(Source: Spicy Compound May Boost Heart Health, ABC News, May 27, 2012)