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Boost your health with a squeeze of this and a dash of that. Eating just one meal that contains capsaicin — the compound that gives hot sauce and chile peppers their heat — not only reduces levels of hunger-causing ghrelin but also raises GLP-1, an appetite-suppressing hormone, says new research in the European Journal of Nutrition. Other scientists found that people who drank capsaicin-spiced tomato juice before each meal over 2 days ingested 16 percent fewer calories than those who drank it plain.

Serving tip: Splash on tacos, brown rice, or low-fat tomato or lentil soup. Hot sauce also pairs well with citrus, adds Meyer. Top half a grapefruit with a few shakes, plus a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Read the full article via nbcnews.com here.

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Spice up your Paleo Diet with these Top 5 recipes

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This chicken is coated in an almond meal (aka almond flour) crust that is both 100% paleo and gluten free. After a bake in the oven it’s dunked in a deliciously sticky sweet and spicy sauce. Sweet & Spicy Paleo Chicken Fingers: recipe here

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Spicy Tex-Mex Grain Free Meatballs: recipe here

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This sausage and shrimp skillet brings back sweet memories of childhood. Spicy sausage: recipe here

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If you are a buffalo wings fan, try this recipe – Cauliflower Buffalo Bites: recipe here

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These Paleo Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos taste just like the real thing! Crunch spicy and all around perfect: recipe here

Click here for more Paleo Recipes.

Heat up the summer with these Top 5 spicy drink recipes

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Rim the glass with salt and limes  – Red chile Martini. recipe here

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This Jalapeno and Ginger mix makes The Angry Mule. recipe here

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Fresh, sweet watermelon puree, lime juice, Triple Sec, and jalapeno-infused tequila make these Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas super summery and delightful.  recipe here

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It’s citrusy, bright, and refreshing. A great way to kick off the weekend! Mexican Mai Tai. recipe here

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Fiery kick in this Habanera Margarita. recipe here

Click here for more spicy drink inspiration

What is your favorite summer cocktail? Share in the comments below. 

Men Who Like Spicy Food Have Higher Testosterone Levels

If you want to figure out how “alpha” your man is, try taking him out for something spicy. According to a new French study, men who prefer hotter foods tend to have higher testosterone levels than man who prefer mild foods.

The research, recently published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, polled 114 men aged 18 to 44 on their spice preferences. The men were also served a dish of mashed potatoes, and allowed to put as much hot sauce or salt as they liked on it.

The University of Grenoble researchers found that men with higher testosterone levels (as tested by their saliva) both indicated a greater preference for hot sauce, and used more of it to season the potato. The amount of salt used, however, had no relation to testosterone levels.

A man’s preference for capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that makes them spicy, has been previously linked to dominance behaviors, aggression and risk-taking, the researchers note. Click here to continue reading via Huffington Post.

Top 5 Summer Spicy Dips

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Jalapeno Popper Dip! Creamy cheesy and delicious! recipe here

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Chicken Jalapeno Dip.Spice, goo and meat in a dish! recipe here

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Buffalo Chicken Dip. Easy and delicious!  recipe here

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Chicken Fajita Queso Dip.No wimpy bites here! recipe here

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Nibble on this Slow Cooker Spicy Bacon Corn Dip all summer long! recipe here

Want more? Check out more dips here.

What is your favorite summer dip? Share in the comments below.

After 6 years, Hot Licks Sauces will be closing the doors at Old Town, San Diego

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You may have seen this sign go up recently at our Old Town San Diego store. We regret to announce that on June 28th we will be closing our Old Town Store. We appreciate the relationships and loyalty we have built with our San Diego Patrons of over 6 years. The State of Califonria is continuing to PREVENT us from selling our most popular hot sauce products (even though we are the only fiery food specialty store in Old Town!)

This is the letter/addendum that restricts use:

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The good news is that we have other locations at Seaport Village (San Diego), Shoreline Village (Long Beach) and Pier 39 (San Francisco)

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The Old Town San Diego State Park is for access and enjoyment of the public. If you would like to see Hot Licks back in Old Town San Diego with our full line of products, please sign the petition and we will submit to the state: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savehotlickssauces

If you have any questions please contact us at orders@hotlickssauces.com or 888-766-6468.

Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to bringing you the fiery hot sauce products you love!

Healthy. Spicy. Turkey – Bacon – Egg breakfast on the go.