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El Camion – keeping you cool when summer comes

Sometimes, when you really stop and think about it, parts of the world just don’t make sense. Such as why do so many people fancy Harry Styles when his hair looks like he fell asleep and a badger nested in it, and why do people in some of the world’s hottest countries eat spicy, chilli-laced food? Surely they should be all about the ice creams rather than curries, salsas and peppers?

Well, El Camion can reveal that eating spicy food is actually a rather good way of keeping your temperature down. Yep, as the sun makes a more permanent appearance in our lovely London town, there will be call to cool down – and a bit of fiery hot sauce might be just what you need. The reason people from Central and South America lace things with chilli? Well, because it makes you sweat, and so this naturally cools you down more!

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Ok, so it’s tempting to grab something cold like iced tea or a lollypop – but beware, as this will cool your internal temperature too rapidly, and your body will end up compensating by raising your temperature. So that Magnum you thought was such a good idea will actually make you more hot and bothered. Alternatively, eating spicy foods works to raise your internal temperature and makes your blood circulation increase, which in turn makes you sweat and, when the moisture has evaporated, you’ve cooled off. Want to know the scientific term? Because naturally there is one. Yep, those beads on your forehead just after you’ve chowed down on a particularly jalapeñ-heavy enchilada is called ‘gustatory facial sweating‘.

So there we go. Now summer is here, if you find yourself a little too clammy for comfort then come and order a taco and then dare yourself to our wall of hot sauce.

Definitely accompany it with a chilled batida though – a heavenly cocktail of cachaça mixed with fruit juice or coconut milk, cane sugar and, ideally, condensed milk to make it creamier, and then blended with ice. Now that’s the best of both worlds…

Spice up your life – and lose pounds!

Well, it’s January. Bleak, cold, decoration-less January. For many of you this may mean the Health Kick – joining the gym, cutting back on the pork scratchings, and generally drinking most of your meals rather than eating them, courtesy of that new juicer you bought in the sales.

 

But wait! There’s hope on the horizon for all of you staring glumly at your dinner of lettuce leaves and hot lemon water. Because there’s one super food that should not be ignored, and it’s where we excel.

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That’s right – chillies! Adding these heat-missiles to your food can help burn fat and give your weight loss a boost. Not only that, but they curb appetite, meaning if you munch something spicy there’s a chance you won’t eat as much. So, coming into El Camion and having a dollop of some of our spicy sauce on the side might help you fit into those skinny jeans.

 

Here’s the science bit. Capsaicin is the chemical that gives chillies their pungency, and it also stimulates a natural process of converting food into heat. This process is known as ‘diet-induced thermogenesis’, and helps burn up calories rather than have them hanging around on unwelcome bits like, say, the hips.

 

And how about starting the day with a Bloody Maria? Not only is tomato juice one of your five a day and low calorie, but having spice in the morning can help you opt for a lighter lunch. Good thing we’re starting a Sunday brunch menu soon – the perfect excuse to add a bit of heat early on!

 

So there we go. All of our food is freshly made, and we use quality ingredients, so whether you’re adding chilli sauce to a grilled chicken taco or having extra chilli slices in your grilled fish ensalada, then up the heat and burn some calories. You’ll have ditched the December paunch in no time!

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Feeling Hot, Hot, (Hot Sauce)

We all know what it’s like heading to your local Mexican restaurant for dinner. There are a few things that are pretty much guaranteed – there will be food envy from the person who ordered salad not fajitas; someone will drink too many margaritas and slump into a tequila-coma in the corner; you’ll be fighting for the last guacamole-laden nacho. And also at least two people are going to have a Scoville Sauce-Off.

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