The Pantry Staple You Never Realized Is Healthy

Editor’s Note: This post comes to you from our healthy living contributor, Carolyn Brown, M.S., R.D., a registered dietitian from Foodtrainers, a private nutrition practice in Manhattan.

There is one secret ingredient hiding in your fridge that I want you to put front and center, and it will make you feel the burn… Because it is hot sauce! Not all condiments are created equal, but hot sauce is pretty simple. The ingredients are typically a type of chili pepper, vinegar, and salt. It’s nutritionist approved already, but the benefits continue. Hot sauce (and spicy peppers) contain both vitamin C and a compound called capsaicin. Research shows that capsaicin can boost your metabolism, not to mention all that spiciness makes you seriously slow down while you eat and also makes you feel more satisfied with less food.

Still not sold? Hot sauce has some very hot mood benefits. It makes you release endorphins, which boost your spirit. So grab that bottle of hot sauce; add it to eggs, salad dressings, marinades, drinks, and avocado toast; and get all those spicy benefits. Want to try something new? I love the selection has to offer.

What healthy staples are you addicted to? Share with us below.