Chillies are members of the nightshade family, scientifically known as Capsicum Annuum. There is a wide range of chillies from the mild and sweet Pepperdew to the flaming hot Carolina Reaper. (Be careful, this one could land you in the hospital! ) Jalapeno, Serrano, Red Cayenne Pepper and Birdseye Chillies are most used in foods. Depending on your own personal tastes, you might choose a range between mild, medium and hot. Besides the taste, there are many health benefits to eating chillies.
- Chillies Promotes Weight Loss
Capsaicin is the compound found in Chillies that promotes weight loss. It reduces cravings and increases your metabolism. They can even kill certain bacteria in the gut and aid in eliminating intestinal problems. The presence of Vitamin B6 also helps with weight loss. Just 10g intake of chillies can significantly help burn fat. Green chillies contain zero calories.
- Boosts Immunity
Red Chillies have a high content of Vitamin C which is an antioxidant and boosts immune function. It also has vitamin A or beta-carotene which helps improve your eyesight. It also aids in immune system function. Capsaicin has antibacterial properties as well. This helps clear nasal Congestion and fight Sinus infections.
- Help Red Blood Cells
Chillies contain Potassium which increases blood flow. They contain Iron which is vital for new red blood cell formation. They also contain Folic acid which also fights anaemia and helps the production of red blood cells. Vitamin K1 maintains healthy Kidneys and is essential for blood clotting. Eating chillies regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease.
In conclusion, Chillies are not only tasty but contain great quantities of vitamins and minerals which will keep you healthy. There are plenty of other benefits I have not even mentioned. So look up some recipes to include your favourite chillies into your mealtime preparations.