Spicy Food Could Keep Your Gut Healthy, New Research Shows

Spicy Food Could Keep Your Gut Healthy, New Research Shows

Keeping your gut healthier can be complicated sometimes, especially nowadays. But if the latest findings by Penn State University in the US are correct, it could be a lot easier than expected. Two studies by researchers from the aforementioned university show that peanuts and a few pinches of herbs are enough to improve the health of your gut.

The gut microbiome of each person needs to be nurtured in the right way. Otherwise, harmful microbes will multiply in our bodies. Also, the symbiotic microbes will encounter hindrances while trying to do their thing, such as when they need to break down the food we eat.

Diet is crucial

For their new study, researchers initiated an experiment of four weeks, having 54 adults who were at risk of cardiovascular disease as the subjects. The participants were fed the average American diet. They had to add spices such as ginger, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, rosemary, oregano, basil, and thyme to their food as well – 0.5, 3.3, and 6.6 grams, respectively. A control group added none of those spices to their meals.

Penny M. Kris-Etherton, who’s a nutritional scientist, explains:

Research has shown that people who have a lot of different microbes have better health, and a better diet, than those who don’t have much bacterial diversity.

Scientists concluded, after analyzing fecal samples taken before and after the experiment, that meals with more spices have shown a wider diversity of bacteria. 

Kris-Etherton also explained regarding spicy foods:

It’s such a simple thing that people can do,

The average American diet is far from ideal, so I think everyone could benefit by adding herbs and spices. It’s also a way of decreasing sodium in your diet but flavoring foods in a way that makes them palatable and, in fact, delicious!

The new findings were published in The Journal of Nutrition and Clinical Nutrition, respectively.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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