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If so, you’re less likely to get a blood clot! That’s because jalapenos, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce contain a compound called capsaicin. That’s what gives those foods their heat – and it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory. That means it helps prevent the formation of blood clots in arteries. Capsaicin also helps break down dietary fat, so it’s less likely to be converted into artery-clogging, bad cholesterol.