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Benefits and Risks of Consuming Chili

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
Consumption of chili peppers

Chili peppers can be found in almost every home, but they are mostly popular in Mexico.

There, along with corn, chili peppers are among the most used products for the preparation of various dishes.

They can be eaten fresh, pickled, dried, fried, smoked and served as an independent dish, stuffed or simply as a spice to a dish.

They are an indispensable part of the ever-popular Tex-Mex food and there is hardly a Mexican, who is not accustomed to their spiciness.

Regardless of whether we are talking about Mexican chili peppers or any other chili peppers, the question arises whether their consumption is harmful or beneficial.

Everyone can make up their own mind on this one depending on how much chili peppers they consume, but here's what's important to know about chili peppers in general:

Benefits:

1. Chili peppers contain a lot of vitamin C and the content of this vital vitamin in them is much higher than that in lemons.

Chili peppers

2. Chili peppers, along with garlic and honey, are a natural antibiotic and fight effectively with the preventive treatment of a number of diseases.

3. Due to the high content of vitamin C and other valuable nutrients, chili peppers are also a natural immunostimulator.

4. Since chili has been proven to increase appetite, consumption of chili is especially beneficial for people suffering from lack of appetite.

5. When you have gone overboard with spicy food, the best way to remove the spicy sensation in your mouth is to consume milk or dairy products, which are also vital for the human body.

6. According to recent studies, chili consumption increases testosterone levels.

Risks:

1. Many people who consume chili in large quantities try to eliminate its sensation by eating bread. This way, for one or two chili peppers, more than two slices of bread can be eaten, which poses risks of obesity.

2. A large part of the population suffers from stomach problems such as ulcers and gastritis and for these people the consumption of hot and spicy is contraindicated.

3. Increasingly, ketchups, curry sauces or Worcestershire sauces are being marketed with many spicy ingredients, that have been proven harmful to younger children.

And if you like chili, see how to make homemade chili peppers or popped chili peppers.

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