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THE FIREPOWER OF CHILLIS

Posted On 2021-08-18

 

THE FIREPOWER OF CHILLIS

 

THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT CHILLI

 

The good news about chilli is that there’s much more to this fruit than its hot, pungent flavour and its potential eye-watering and burning sensation. Related to bell peppers and tomatoes, this spice has been around for thousands of years. On the other hand, humans only arrived in the Western Hemisphere some 7,000 years ago and since then we have and remain the only mammal on the planet to enthusiastically devour chillies. The good news about chilli is that it’s good for you. Here’s why.

 

PACKED WITH GOODNESS

 

If you think citrus or broccoli are healthy, think again. Chillies pack their own punch when it comes to nutritional benefits. One tablespoon or 15 grams of fresh red chilli peppers is only 6 calories and contains 0.3 grams protein, 1.3 grams carbs, 0.8 grams sugar, and 0.1 gram fat. But there’s more good news about chilli. This spicy fruit boasts Vitamins A, B6, C and K1 and has a high mineral content, especially copper and potassium. 

 

AGE-OLD HEALTH BENEFITS

 

Christopher Columbus, the Spanish explorer who discovered America, brought capsicum seeds, the seeds from which chilli peppers grow, back to Europe in 1493. Soon after, the Portuguese took the plants to Asia, where they would transform the cuisine. Initially, it was thought that people in hot countries consume chillies because they make them sweat and cool down. However, research conducted at Cornell University in 1998 links the use of the spice in India, Thailand and China to its anti-microbial properties.

 

PROOF IS IN THE CHILLI

 

Research done at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences has shown that people eating fresh chilli had a lower risk of death from cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes. Better still, individuals eating spicy food several times a week had a mortality rate more than 15% lower than those who didn’t. One of the researchers, Lu Qi, said:

 

 "The data encourages people to eat more spicy food to improve health and reduce mortality risk at an early age."

 

NATURE’S DIET SPICE

 

Besides their low-calorie count and obvious health benefits, chillies are perfect for health-conscious individuals wanting to lose weight and stay in shape. Here’s how:

 

  • Including red chilli in your daily diet increases metabolism. With its thermogenic fat burning properties, the capsicum in chilli converts fat into heat energy, thus burning fat and resulting in weight loss.
  • Capsicum also suppresses appetite so it’s ideal for those who find it difficult to resist temptation.
  • Research done at the University of Aarhus in Denmark confirms that chillies increase metabolism and body temperature by modifying the activity of SERCA, a muscle protein, forcing it to burn energy rather than storing it.

 

FERMENTED CHILLI

 

Fermented chilli in hot sauces is more than a delicious addition to your favourite meal. Besides the benefits of capsicum we’ve already mentioned, fermented chilli is also fantastic for digestion. Hot chilli sauces are rich in probiotic bacteria so by consuming them you’re adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your overall intestinal flora. This increases the health of your digestive system and boosts the immune system. Probiotic bacteria in chilli also increase bioavailable nutrients in food while producing B vitamins, lactic acid, and omega-3s.

 

BODYBUILDERS TAKE A BITE

 

Bodybuilders using chillies in preparation for a contest might seem like a far-fetched notion but they do. To them, capsicum is like Kryptonite to Superman. Not only do chillies and hot sauces give a kick to bland chicken breast and tuna, but they complement fat-burning and muscle-building strategies. Matt Danielsson, a weightlifter and personal trainer of many years, and a chilli fanatic, says:

 

“Hot peppers are a great way to break out of the blandness of a diet, especially since it gives your fat-burn an extra boost. They're safe, they're healthy and they're helping you reach your goal.”

 

GET YOUR BITE ON

 

What are you waiting for – it’s time to get your bite on some chillies. And what better way than digging into a bottle or two of Munch Measured Meals hot sauces. Available in 3 flavours, Sauve, Alho, and Fresca, our hot sauces are 49% fresh chilli and are oil-free and sugar-free. Each 100ml typically contains 80 kcal of energy, 3.9 grams of glycemic carbs, 0.9 grams of protein and 0g fat. Remember that the good news about chilli goes way beyond spicing up a meal. It’s all about your health, fitness, and well-being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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