Get a Healthy Kick from Sriracha
By Joe Martinez, RPh, PDE, CMS and founder of Healthy Meals Supreme
Contributor: Emily Simmons
I love adding sauces to things or dipping things into sauces because it adds to the flavor and experience. One of my all time favorites is Sriracha and the thing is, most restaurants keep sriracha on hand. In my humble opinion, it’s one of the best ingredients to add just the right amount of kick to any dish…the perfect amount of sweet and spicy-burn rolling on your tongue, but not so much that it makes your eyes water or your nose run.
To start, let’s talk a little bit about the chemistry of Sriracha and how some of the ingredients are super beneficial for your health. Some of the main ingredients include:
Red Chili Peppers • Vinegar • Garlic Powder • Salt • Sugar
One of the reasons we get a ‘kick’ but not a 5-alarm fire feeling from sriracha is because it has enough water and sugar to offset that heat-generating sensation. In addition, these red chili peppers contain molecules called capsaicinand these molecules are beneficial because they help to boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. Capsaicin also triggers the proteins that make our mouths’ water. Those proteins then release endorphins which are called our ‘feel-good’ chemicals. Natural chemicals that make us happier – more Sriracha please!
Now let’s talk garlic. From garlic bread to garlic chicken, Americans can’t get enough of this flavor rich vegetable. Interestingly enough, even though garlic adds a nice flavor punch to any dish, it also has many health benefits as well.
In ancient times as well as today, with both antibacterial and antifungal properties, garlic is used to treat a variety of medical conditions including the common colds and overgrowth of Candida or yeast in the system.Garlic also has a powerful antioxidant called allicin that helps protect cells from damage and aging.
These are just a few benefits of these ingredients by themselves, but they also work together to combat diseases. The garlic and capsaicin duo helps clear arteries by lowering the deposits throughout. The combination of the two have also been shown to dissolve blood clots. Whether you’re fighting a cold, boosting your metabolism, or just want a little ‘kick’ to spice up your meal, consider using Sriracha! The added flavor plus the health boost should always warrant a space in your fridge.
A couple of my favorite Healthy Meals Supreme meals that include Sriracha in the recipe
* Always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.