I like salad as much as the next plant-based lifestyle devotee, but there is something to be said for that satisfied, warm tummy feeling that can only come from hot food, eaten slowly. At my house, we often make a meal out of a simple bowl of soup. Maybe a little chunk of bread, maybe not.
It’s filling, it’s nutritious and most soups are inexpensive to make and prep for the week’s menu or even as a fill-in for those moments in-between when you want a quick something hot.
Beyond my own personal preference, I did a bit of research and found there are actually benefits to eating hot food. Who knew??
Benefits of Eating Hot Food
excerpted from the cable lifestyle blog thecable.ng
Mode of digestion
Hot meals aid proper digestion because of the time it takes to consume it. This enables the consumer to eat in adequate proportions which in turn gives less work to the organ that breaks down food.
Also, during the preparation of the meal, the chemicals in the food would have been broken down before it is served and consumed; the body easily absorbs the nutrients as they diffuse into the system, increasing the nutritional value.
Low risk of bacterial contamination
It is difficult for micro-organisms to survive in hot foods. Micro-organisms die while cooking but allowing the food get cold will reintroduce the bacteria, if not careful; which makes eating the meal in a hot state healthier.
Generates energy for consumption
Warm food restores the energy cold food saps from the body and equally stores up more energy for future use.
Regulates body temperature and weight
One key thing about ingesting hot food is that it regulates the body temperature in response to a cold climate, as it provides warmth from the hot food ingested.
Hot meals also help with body weight and fat; the suppression of appetite observed during the body’s exposure to heat causes the body weight level to drop below set-point which aids greater metabolic efficiency.
Once the body is able to rid unwanted products, the weight would be regulated.
The feeling you get after taking a hot meal is an amazing one, compared to a cold meal.
Check out my selection of delicious soup recipes HERE