Monday, February 13, 2012

The Sauce You Should Be HOT For!

by Kris Pitcher

If there was a magic sauce, this would be it! This is the sauce you should be HOT for! It's Sriracha sauce. Yes, it's on every Asian table...and my table too. Here's why.

It's on our table because we like hot sauce. But, there's a whole lot of good stuff in that bottle with the rooster on it. It's made from chilies and garlic. Both of these ingredients have great properties.

Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties. It's also a natural antibiotic which the body doesn't become resistant to (like it does to pharmaceuticals). Garlic helps us manage our blood pressure and cholesterol and has an antioxidant effect against free radicals. It also protects against vampires.

Just kidding about the vampires. Chilies have the wonderful capsaicin. This provides the heat to the chili. It actually increases the generation of heat in the body causing a thermogenic effect. It increases our metabolism. How's that for HOT!

The capsaicin also has an anti-inflammatory property. It also helps clear our sinuses. It does that by increasing the secretions and clearing nasal mucus. The anti-bacterial properties of capsaicin help to combat chronic sinus infections.

Magic sauce! So, if you're not HOT for Sriracha sauce you need to give it a try. It has a mild flavor, for being hot sauce. It's great on lots of different vegetables and meats. You can find it in most any grocery store.

Heat things up with the benefits of garlic and chili, spice things up to increase your metabolism, decrease inflammation and take away the sniffles. Cheers for hot sauce!

1 comment:

  1. This stuff is hot-hot-hot! I use it to season soups instead of ground black pepper and have to be very careful. A dash is great in miso soup to heat it up as comforting and medicinal broth when you're sick, too.