Spice up your Life

Spice up your Life

0 Comments 📁 Health & Nutrition 🕔18.August 2014
Spice up your Life

For those of you who aren’t keen on tucking into a Durban Curry, drenching  your steak in chilli sauce or smashing a spicy burrito in your face – maybe it’s time to spice up your diet.

But why eat something that gives you the runs ( not just your nose), makes your eyes water and stings like hell (also, not just your mouth)?  Aside from a 10/10 on the yummy scale, here are some sound health benefits you can gain from eating chilli.

Chillis help with weight loss, yupp, that’s for you Fat Amy.  It kicks your metabolism up a notch and gives the intestines less time to absorb nutrients with the food passing by at mach 3!

This ‘herb’ houses a ton of vitamins (A, B6 and C) and minerals (iron, copper and potassium) which all help to keep your cardiovascular system as strong as an ox.  And we all need a strong heart while we’re trudging through mud and hauling through obstacles.  It also boosts immunity to hold those dreaded lurgees at bay.chilli-1

The capsaicin in chillis has been found to destroy cancer and leukemic cells but also has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties.  It is an anti-oxidant that helps the body to ditch free radicals which can cause cancer.  Yay chilli!

Just be aware of the ‘pain scale’ of chillis!  A bell pepper is on the “my toddler could handle this” while a medium singe jalapeno or the Mexican habineros will literally burn you a new bum!

Eating too much chilli or super hot chillis can be a major problem.  Believe it or not – there have been some cases of chillis causing stomach ulcers, internal bleeding, addiction and even heart attacks!  But come on – if you’re going to munch on a Bhut Jolokia (Guiness Book of records worlds hottest chilli) you have nobody to blame but yourself!

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