Hot Pepper Nutrition Facts – Health & Fat Burning Benefits of Hot PeppersBy Rob Poulos...
If you love spicy foods but are convinced they’re ruining your fat burning efforts, I have some good news for you! There are many health benefits of hot peppers, fat burning being just one of them.
So whether you like to sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on your creamed corn or slice jalapenos on your nachos, keep reading to see what hot pepper nutrition facts have to offer you!
Hot Pepper Variety
When we talk about hot peppers we mean habaneros, jalapenos, Serrano, cayenne, chipotle and Ancho chili peppers. These peppers are spicy and delicious, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out what else these peppers can do.
About Hot Peppers
One of the most surprising things about hot peppers is just how low in calories hot peppers are—whether whole or ground. One Serrano pepper has just 2 calories, while a jalapeno has just 4 calories and 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper has 6 calories.
The most striking thing one notices when looking at hot pepper nutrition facts is that, in addition to being low in calories, hot peppers are low in fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates. With just 2% of your daily value of fiber and no protein, these hot peppers are all good.
Considering how small hot peppers are, they provide plenty of vitamins your body needs including; vitamins A, C, K, B6 and folate. Vitamin C does pack one hell of a punch, with a whopping 10% in just one pepper!
When it comes to minerals, however, there aren’t many found in hot peppers. Small amounts of iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese are available, so you’re still getting the essentials even 2.1 micrograms of the all-important omega-3 fatty acids.
And don’t forget the most important thing…the heat!
Health Benefits of Hot Peppers
One of the most talked about health benefits of hot peppers is their status as a thermogenic food. The capsaicin found in hot peppers help burn fat by consuming energy, also known as fat. While this doesn’t mean that you should just start throwing back jalapeno peppers, it does mean that the occasional boost of the hot stuff can significantly increase your fat burning.
One of the heart health benefits of hot peppers is thanks to capsaicin and vitamins A & C. Hot peppers aid in the dissolution of fibrin, a necessary component for blood clots. These vitamins also strengthen blood vessels, which helps them adjust to fluctuations in blood pressure.
The capsaicin in hot peppers may have an unexpected health benefit as an anti-inflammatory; headache and migraine relief. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, hot peppers may also be able to reduce swelling associated with arthritis and asthma.
Hot Peppers In Your Diet
When choosing hot peppers make sure the skin is a bright waxy color—green, yellow, red and orange. Ripe hot peppers should be firm, not soft or discolored.
- Slice 1 jalapeno and add it to tuna salad for a spicy kick.
- Add hot peppers to your favorite curry dish
- Puree chili peppers, garlic, lime juice, 1 tsp. sugar, salt and pepper and rub on your favorite protein.
- Stuff hot peppers with your favorite low-fat cheese and bake until warm and melted.
- Slice and grill hot peppers and top your favorite salad for a fat burning kick.
Although the heat provides many health benefits of hot peppers, feel free to remove the seeds if the spice is too hot to maximize your fat burning.