Ever wonder why cultures in intensely hot areas — think India, Southeast Asia, and South America — usually favor foods with a major kick to them? Well, as it turns out, spicy food can actually help cool your body down — so the next time you're dying of heat, sit down to a sizzling bowl of spicy goodness! Is your mind blown yet? We'll keep going. Eating spicy food also helps the body rev up metabolism and release oh-so-good-for-you endorphins. More reasons that you'll just have to try these six hotter-than-hot recipes and find out for yourself.
Happy Friday — and welcome to 2012's rendition of the date 4/20! Even if you're not a part of America's cult cannabis movement, you'll still need to figure out what to eat for dinner tonight. Looking for something to munch on? Here are a few smoky, spicy recipes to light up your day.