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09-06-2001, 01:39 PM
Any of you know if spicy foods help in the digestive process?

09-06-2001, 01:42 PM
as a matter of fact they do. And have lots of cool phytonutrients in them.

stomachics offhand are - ginger, cayenne, and cinnamon. oh and basil, i think. and the mints.

09-06-2001, 01:43 PM
Ginger and fennel are allegedly good for digestion.

Also, anything spicy stimulates the salivary glands and could possibly aid in food digestion in the mouth before it is swallowed.

I don't think there are any magic bullets out there tough.

Are you having a particular issue or just a general question?

09-06-2001, 01:45 PM
yes...fennel...not basil. well maybe basil. (tulsi?)

good call hemant.

09-06-2001, 01:53 PM
just general question. i heard that spicy and hot foods like; hot mustard or hot salso help digestion because it raises your body heat levels.

dont remember where i've heard it before though.

Wide Guy
09-06-2001, 05:31 PM
I love spicy food, so I usually throw some salsa or curry paste in my tuna/chicken/whatever to add flavour. I don't know if it helps digestion, but it sure makes the food easier to take.

I can't imagine it does any harm....I hope not anyway...

Tryska, what are phytonutrients?

09-06-2001, 05:33 PM
wide guy- plant compunds with nutrtitive value....like beta carotene in carrots, or lycopene in tomatoes...various alkaloids that work as antioxidants in our bodies.