Superfoods: Hot Peppers

All peppers, from bell peppers to ghost peppers and every pepper in between contain compounds called capsaicsinoids, which is where their superfood goodness is found. It is capsaicsin that give peppers their spicy flavor and the the spicier the pepper means more health benefits. Foods that contain capsaicsin have the ability to fight inflammation, prevent heart disease, alleviate arthritis pain, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation, remove toxins from the bloodstream, and can help rebuild blood cells. In addition to capsaicsin, hot peppers contain vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene and other powerful antioxidants.

Assorted Hot PeppersThe list is endless in terms of types, intensity of heat, and flavor so depending on your spice/heat tolerance some may be more delicious or painful than others to you. Commonly used and more known peppers include; Habanero (high heat), Jalapeno (mild-high), Thai (super high), and Pablano (mild) just to name a few.

Not a fan of spicy foods?
Don’t let that stop you from receiving all of the health benefits that hot peppers can offer. Start by adding small amounts of the ‘hottest’ pepper you can tolerate to your cooking. Over time, your body will build up a tolerance to spice, and you may even find yourself reaching for the hot sauce.

 

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