Peppers have so many advantages associated with their consumption. They have a lot of good nutrition and are low in calories thereby making them a good dietary component. All the various varieties peppers come in act as an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, folic acid, fiber, and potassium. In addition, they spice up the food and make it more tasty and satisfying.
They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors as well as tastes. They can also be found in various forms such as whole, grounded, dried, fresh, canned or frozen. Some add heat to the dish while others are sweet. The bell pepper, for example, can be found in green, yellow, red or green.
The red peppers are the richest in nutrition because they have been on the pepper vine for the longest period, unlike the green ones which are harvested earlier before they ripen and change color.
They are very versatile in preparation and can be added to quite a good number of dishes to obtain the nutritious benefits and also to add some taste to the meal. This article will focus on some of the health benefits associated with peppers according to science and some delicious pepper recipes you might want to try out.
1. Boosts Metabolism
Cayenne peppers have a component substance known as Capsaicin which gives them they hot spicy flavor. The Capsaicin has metabolism boosting properties. Pepper increases the body’s metabolism by increasing the amount of heat produced by the body and thus increasing the number of calories burnt per day.
This is achieved through a process known as diet-induced thermogenesis which results in increase of the body metabolism.
However, it is important to note that regular consumption of dietary spices such as cayenne pepper over time results in the body adapting to their effects and thus the consumer is not able to gain the same benefits anymore.
Bottom Line: The Capsaicin that is found in cayenne peppers contributes in boosting the body’s metabolism through thermogenesis. However, it has a small effect and overuse may lead to building up of tolerance.