Eating chili and chiles for your health

1. Chili has fiber.

Chiles and beans provide a great source for fiber. Fiber helps to keep your body regular while also slowing down the rate that sugar is absorbed into your bloodstream. It helps to keep your blood glucose levels in check. There are four foods that are high in healthy fiber: Beans, Vegetables, Fruits, and Whole grains with beans being at the top. Beans have approximately 15 grams of fiber per cup. Beans have little to no cholesterol, are low in fat, and full of vitamins and minerals.

2. Chili has protein.

Meat in chili is a great source of protein. Chili that contains beans provides a second source of protein. The combination of the two supplies a good portion of a person's daily needs. Vegetarian chili made with beans is also a great source for protein.

3. Chili is high in iron,.

Chili is an excellent source of iron especially if it is made with red meat. The beans used in making chili also provide an excellent source of iron.

4. Chili has Vitamin C.

The chiles used in making chili, mild or hot, contain a large amount of Vitamin C. The tomatoes and tomato paste if used can also provide extra Vitamin C which helps the body's immune system. Chiles contain vitamin A as well which also can help boost the immune system.

5. Herbs and Spices.

Herbs and spices are essential to flavoring your chili. They should be added early in the cooking process to extract all of their flavors and allow them to meld. This will develop a rich, spicy tasting chili while it simmers - experiment using different herbs and spices. Be careful when using pre-packaged mixes. They tend to contain loads of sodium and preservatives which changes the taste of the chili. Taking time to make your own mix is the best way to go and several batches can be made at once with easy storage. Purchased chili powder is a blend of spices but using the spices individually allows for the building of layers of flavor. When seasoning in stages, add robust spices first allowing them to build a rich, deep flavor and then add the more mild spices last.

6. Chiles for your bones.

Chiles are a great source for calcium. If you are someone who can't eat dairy because of lactose/dairy intolerance then calcium rich chiles will help to keep your bones strong..

7. Chiles contain capsaicin.

Capsaicin is the main ingredient in chiles. It can boost your circulation, protect against strokes, lower blood sugar levels, and improve your heart's health.

8. Chiles help with congestion.

Eating chilies can provide immediate relief of congestion. Chiles are great at quickly opening up your nasal passages letting you breathe more easily.

9. Eat chiles for inflammation.

Chiles can provide pain relief for those who suffer from auto-inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid and arthritis.

10. Eat chiles to reduce pain.

The capsaicin in chiles is known to block a natural chemical called Substance P. This chemical is associated with the transmission and perception of pain. Chiles can be useful in the relieving of headaches, migraines and sinus discomfort issues.

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases