10 surprising reasons to spice up your life! - Emily Skye

10 surprising reasons to spice up your life!

10 surprising reasons to spice up your life!

Did you know that chili peppers have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties as well as their unique hot flavour? They might not be everyone’s favourite spice, as they can be painfully hot, however chili peppers are surprisingly nutritious and provide a variety of interesting health benefits.

  1. They contain more vitamin C than oranges! In fact 100 g of chili contains 145 mg of vitamin C, compared to 100g of orange which only contains 53 mg!
  2. Only mammals feel the effects of a spicy chilli! Birds are completely immune to it.
  3. Chili peppers come with their own strict scaling system (called the Scoville Scale) that ranks the different types of chili from mild to dangerously hot! Did you know that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili (only the second hottest in the world) can actually burn through ;latex gloves!?
  4. The active ingredient in chili peppers is called capsaicin and this is what gives them their spicy heat. If you have ever eaten a hot chilli you might have noticed your nose starts to run? Chilis are a very effective decongestant, so they can help you clear up a blocked nose.
  5. They are rich in both vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, B6, C, iron, potassium and copper.
  6. There are literally thousands of different varieties of chili, ranging in colour, size, shape and heat intensity.
  7. Chili actually helps speed up your metabolism, helping you burn through those calories in your curry even quicker!
  8. Medicinally, chili’s contain antibacterial, antidiabetic, analgesic, anti-carcinogenic properties and have also been found to lower LDL cholesterol levels (the bad cholesterol).
  9. The seeds are the spiciest part of the chili, so if you want your stir-fry spicy, but not the steam-out-your-ears burning, then remove the seeds and just use the fleshy part. If you love your food as hot as possible, then add them too!
  10. Chili actually works as a vasodilator, which means that it might be one of the only real aphrodisiacs! It increases blood flow, lowers inhibitions and enhances male sexual performance!

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