In a study at Massey University, scientists added capsaicin to cancer cells and observed that they began to grow at a slower rate. In other words, hot sauce can help reduce your risk of cancer! Capsaicin has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
The study also concluded that capsaicin-rich hot peppers are at their strongest when paired with fatty or oily foods. This is because the capsaicin is absorbed into the fat, allowing the body to consume more of the compound.
You may think that you’d get the maximum benefits of hot peppers by eating them whole, but that’s actually not the case. According to Mexico’s Research Center for Food and Development biochemist Jose de Jesus Ornelas-Paz, the peppers are actually easier for your body to absorb when they’re cut up or blended into other foods, so feel free to cook them however you like!
It should be noted that, like any other food, too many buffalo wings can’t be good for you, but it is nice to know that a moderate amount of tasty hot sauce in your diet with rich, fatty foods actually has significant health benefits. Just be sure to have a glass of water at hand!