Are you a fan of spicy food? If you are, you may be unknowingly consuming a superfood in the form of red hot chilies, which are notoriously good for you with tons of benefits in their varying forms; fresh, dried, and ground.
So the next time you are wolfing down a red hot curry or fiery chili con carne, you can tell all of your friends that you are doing it for the health benefits of the mighty chili!
Chilies are packed full of vitamins
Chilies are jam packed with vitamins A, C, B, and E! They even have more vitamin C than an orange, making them an excellent source of antioxidants and a brilliant immune system booster.
Chilies can help you burn fat
The active ingredient in chilies is capsaicin - it is this that is responsible for the varying degrees of heat found in chilies. The heat generated inside your body when you eat them (thermogenesis) can increase your metabolism by up to 20% after you eat them. However, this isn't enough to offset an unhealthy meal, so keep it spicy but healthy for best results!
Chilies can improve your mood
The active ingredient in hot chilies (capsaicin) causes the burning sensation inside your mouth when you eat them. This pain response causes your brain to release endorphins which leave you feeling good and this is why so many people become addicted to the pleasure/pain of eating the spiciest food possible. So, if you're feeling blue it turns out there are worse things you could do than eating a spicy meal!
These health boosting benefits of chilies should give you even more reason to spice up your cooking!