For many people -- especially the alpha dogs of the world -- hot sauce is more than a mere condiment, it's practically a way of life. But, apparently, the fiery red substance doesn't just make your food taste way better, it's actually incredibly good for you, too, scientists say. That's right, pounding a dozen buffalo wings actually comes with some health benefits.
As reported by TIME, two of the world's top pepper experts have suggested that dousing your food with hot sauce can easily (and deliciously) improve your diet and overall health. In particular, scientists point to the active ingredient in peppers, capsaicin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and cancer-fighting properties.
Additionally, a study published this year looked at data on the health and diets of half a million Chinese adults and determined that those who ate spicy foods three to seven times a week live longer and have a reduced risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease by 14%.