What Makes a Hot Pepper Hot?Because of one little molecule found in hot peppers called “capsaicin” [pronounced cap-say-i-sin]. It starts with a burning sensation that tricks the pain receptors into reacting. The body reacts to cool itself down through various ways. (tips in this article) The Health Benefits Are Astounding!
- Studies carried out in recent years have proved that hot peppers can actually improve and prevent ulcers. As a benefactor they stimulate particularly gastric mucosal blood flow, which help in prevention and healing of ulcers.
- Excellent source of vitamin C and powerfully rich in anti-oxidants combating heart disease.
- Research shows peppers may actually lower blood sugar level and support diabetics.
- Studies showed people who ate Chile peppers ate less at their next meal. Help control your appetite by adding a little spice.
- Increases enzymes and gastric juices for aid indigestion.
- To reduce the burning sensation, remove the seeds from the peppers before you eat or cook with them. (May want to use gloves if peppers are extra hot.)
- Milk contains casein, a fat-loving compound that binds with spicy capsaicin oil and then washes it away. Other dairy products, such as cheese, sour cream or yogurt can have the same affect.
- Starch, such as bread, rice, crackers, or chips will also mop up the heat (capsaicin oil). Healthy chips and salsa….YUM!
- Bananas along with the peppers, have been said to help reduce the burning sensation.
- Works great to swish a little oil in your mouth and spit it out; will bind to the capsaicin oil.
- A small amount of sugar, depending on the heat of the pepper is used often in other countries.
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