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 Benefits of Green Chilli

  Last Updated : Jan 16,2019

Benefits of Green Chilli

Green chillies are necessary in most of the delicacies you make. To put it simple, they spice up the dish you cook. To some extent their spiciness depends on the depth of their green colour. The lighter the green colour of the chillies, the less spicier they would turn out to be. Vice versa, dark green chillies are the spiciest. Apart from this, they do hold an impressive list of health benefits for us. Let’s peep into its nutrient profile which makes it healthy.

Key Health Benefits Nutrients in Green Chillies Offer

1. Vitamin C : 

a. Antioxidant vitamin C in green chillies protects the body from effects of harmful free radicals and prevents stress. 

b. It helps in collage synthesis and adds charm and glow to your skin. 

c. It also facilitates building a strong immune system and fighting common diseases.

d. Vitamin C moreover helps prevent all types of cancer. 

2. Energy & Fat : 

a. Being low in energy it doesn’t pile up any calories. 

b. Its almost no fat count is a good reason to be added to a weight watcher’s diet

3. Fiber :

a. It is probably the high fiber which helps in controlling blood sugar levels. This it is a welcome addition to a diabetic diet

b. The fiber promotes weight loss too. 

c. It helps reduces the likelihood of heart disease also by reducing blood cholesterol levels. 

4. Iron :

a. Suffering from anemia? Add green chillies to your list of iron rich foods too. 

b. It will slowly help build your hemoglobin count and fight fatigue plus weakness. 

5. Minerals :

a. Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium are minerals required to build bones. Green chillies hold this property too. 

b. They also work together and hold a place in the healthy functioning of heart

6. B vitamins : 

a. B vitamins participate in energy, protein and fat metabolism.

b. They work together towards the overall health and keep each blood cell healthy. 

7. Capsaicin : 

a. The compound capsaicin in green chillies releases endorphins which helps relieve pain. 

b. It also known as a mood enhancer.

A Word of Caution for Green Chillies

Green chillies possess some side effects as well. Excessive use of it can bring a lot of heat to body which can make you perspire instantly. It can cause mouth ulcers as well as skin and stomach irritation including heartburn. 

So enjoy green chillies. Adding it to your diet daily will keep adding nutrients in small doses and benefit your body. But keep a tight rein on it to prevent side effects.

Nutritive Information for Green Chillies:

1 Cup of green chillies is about 80 grams

RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.

Energy – 23 calories

Protein – 2.8 g

Carbohydrate – 2.4 g

Fat – 0.5 g

Fiber – 5.4 g

See full nutritional details of green chillies, green chillies glossary

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benefits of green chilli

 by Tarla Dalal
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