Everything You Need to Know about Pepper Flakes or Chili Flakes
Updated: Feb 16
You probably want to know why or what makes pepper flakes so good for you? The short answer is..
It's because chilli flakes and other members of the pepper family contain a good dose of vitamin A, a nutrient that helps keep your immune system healthy and strong. There are many more beneficial qualities but (in my book) boosting the immune system is a big one.
Let’s start at the beginning. Hot pepper contains the chemical Capsicum. Capsicum is most commonly used for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis, and other painful conditions. It is also used for digestion problems, conditions of the heart and blood vessels, and many other conditions. Capsicum fruits have been a part of human diets since about 7,500 BC, and are one of the oldest cultivated crops in the Americas, as origins of cultivating chili peppers are traced to northeastern Mexico some 6,000 years ago.
Red Pepper flakes or dried chili flakes are the dry seeds and skin from hot peppers, or from a mix of different peppers, such as: cayenne, bell peppers and jalapeno. They get their pungent bite from the presence of capsaicin, the component that stimulates circulation and the digestive process inducing perspiration. Those cute looking red little flakes you find on every single pizzeria’s table, are packed full of goodness for our health and our taste buds.
On top of the fact that they are loaded with flavor and heated attitude, here are some interesting health benefits and good reasons to eat and cook with red pepper flakes or dried red chili:
1. The capsaicin compound in dried red pepper flakes can help prevent prostate cancer according to a medical study from the “cancer Research Journal “
2. They help boost the metabolism and burn more calories through the day.
3. Dried red chili flakes are filled with antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress in the body and promote overall good health.
4. Chile flakes are a great appetite suppressant, so add them all your foods if you are on a diet or are trying to eat less food.
5. Eating dried Red Pepper flakes help give relief from digestive issues, pain and inflammation, so sprinkle them over everything ! One teaspoon only contains 6 calories, plus they are also rich in Vitamins A, C, B-6, E, magnesium, iron and potassium.
A regular dash of pepper flakes on your meal goes along way towards good health.
From all the research I've done I come to the conclusion that a pinch of "Pepper A Day Keeps The Doctor Away"
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