However the good news is that even small (palatable) amounts of chilli contains substantial amounts of beneficial compounds that are good for us.
These benefits extend to people who exercise especially, so if whether you like your food fairly mild or super-hot, it’s worth trying to include a little chilli in your food now and again.
Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, anti-cancerous compounds, and antibacterial properties, chillies may help keep a huge number of illnesses and diseases, from mild to serious, at bay.
Chillies contain capsaicin, a natural anti-inflammatory which, when eaten, helps the body calm inflammation. Capsaicin also acts as a natural pain reliever.
Chilli-based spices such as cayenne and paprika create heat within the body and stimulates a natural process called diet-induced thermogenesis, which means in simple terms that it helps us to burn up more calories than we store. It can also reduce appetite – people who add chilli to their food eat less calories over all than people who don’t. Of course no amount of chilli will negate the effects of eating too many calories, so this isn’t excuse for a free for all binge!
Chillies, like all vegetables, are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. But it’s the high content of vitamin C and beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, as well as the antioxidant vitamin E, that really give chillies their immune boosting properties.
Now on to you – go spice up your food and turn up the heat on those fat cells!