If you love Korean food, you probably love spice.

Indeed, not all the dishes at our Seattle Korean restaurant are of the spicy variety, but it holds true that Korean cuisine is largely known and loved for its spiciness. If you’re not a fan of spice, we do recommend that you give it another try; you can chalk this up in part to our partial nature towards our favorite dishes, but it’s due in a much more important part to the scientifically demonstrated health benefits of a diet high in spiciness.

Not only are individual spicy ingredients generally packed with their own variety of vitamins and nutrients, but spice in general seems to be a valuable addition to any diet. Studies have indicated that spicy foods are beneficial to your metabolism, your waistline, and your heart. A recent project even compared people eating the same meals with different levels of spice, finding that the spicier meals resulted in a lower level of heart-disease-causing triglycerides, even in meals heavier in oils and fats.

So relish in your spices! They’re as good for your body as they are on your tongue.