The Benefits of Chili!

I have a slightly obsessive affinity with chilli and hot sauce to the point that I can hardly go a day without at least adding some drops of Tabasco to my food. Adding hot sauce to my meals enriches almost every non-sweet dish imaginable making it ten times tastier! Fortunately for me hot sauce comes with many benefits apart from the spiciness!

Hot sauce is usually made from various types of hot chilli peppers such as habaneros, jalapenos, and cayenne peppers. The intensity of spice is determined by the concentration of a chemical found in chillies called capsaicin. For example sweet bell peppers contain no capsaicin hence why they aren’t even spicy and habanero peppers contain a lot of this compound and are therefore significantly hotter.

Capsaicin can be measured using a scale called the Scoville scale developed by Wilbur Scoville during 1912. It was originally devised as a solution of the pepper extract which was then diluted in sugar water until the ‘hotness’ is no longer detectable by a panel of people tasting but now days a more scientific method is applied by using what’s called a High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) giving much more accurate measurements of capsaicin.

Research shows that capsaicin has many health benefits like antioxidant properties, helps give your metabolism a boost and can also play a role in preventing some diseases such as diabetes. These are just some of the many benefits that come from consuming chillies. Here are 4 ways in which you will do yourself some good by spicing your meals up.

  1. When consuming enough capsaicin from chillies your body produces endorphins to block the pain from the heat. These endorphins are the chemical compound found in the brain that makes people feel pleasure therefor giving people an emotional boost as well as a kick.
  2. Get your vitamin C from eating jalapeño peppers, they are a great source for Vitamin C with an ounce containing approximately 66 percent of your daily requirements. (
  3. They have been shown to improve heart health, help lower bad cholesterol levels and as well as helps prevent a gene that causes contracting arteries from being activated
  4. Hot sauce can boost you metabolism for hours after eating also making you feel full thanks to the appetite suppressing qualities of capsaicin.

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