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Fire up your food with jalapeno peppers and enjoy its health benefits like no other!

Published on:13 April 2021, 11:06am IST
Jalapenos are medium-sized chili peppers that form an integral part of several cuisines. But did you know they offer a range of health benefits? Read on to know more.
Aayushi Gupta
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Read to find out why you should add more jalapenos to your food. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Do you love adding extra jalapenos on your pizza? Of course, you do! This variety of chili pepper can really enhance the taste of pizzas, burgers, subs and everything else! That’s largely because of its spicy flavor! So, if you’re someone who isn’t particularly fond of spices, then it’s time to develop its taste, because this fruit can do such more than just adding taste to various foods. 

Small green or red-coloured jalapenos are packed with nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, and B6, magnesium, fibre, folate, carotene (an antioxidant), and an active ingredient known as capsaicin, which offers several health benefits. 

So, here’s all you need to know about jalapenos and why they’re good for your health: 

1. May help fight against cancer

Jalapenos are packed with vitamin C that are known to fight against free radicals, which are likely to trigger the development of cancer cells. The plant compound capsaicin, which is present in it, can kill certain types of cancer cells.

2. Aids in weight loss

If losing weight is your goal, then you should consume jalapenos regularly. That’s because they are low in calories and have properties, which can boost your metabolism by raising the core body temperature. Along with this, the heat of the pepper can curb your appetite. 

3. Helps to relieve pain

The heat released by jalapenos is a natural pain reliever. This can temporarily block pain receptors, and help you relax. But remember, it isn’t a great idea to apply jalapeno peppers directly on the skin.

4. Helps to keep heart health in check

High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and diabetes are major risk factors of heart disease. But this chili pepper contains high flavonoids, vitamin C, A, and capsaicin, which is likely to help in the prevention of heart diseases and other risk factors.

Add jalapenos to your diet now and your heart will thank you for it. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Treats infections

Jalapenos can slow down the growth of bacteria and infections like strep throat and tooth decay, because it contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Also, capsaicin is considered an anti-inflammatory, thereby helping to prevent bacterial growth.

6. Promotes immune system

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is considered to stimulate the immune system. The antioxidant properties can boost immunity by strengthening your body’s natural defenses, thereby encouraging the production of white blood cells that helps the body fight all kinds of illnesses. 

7. Boosts eyesight

Vitamin A is crucial for eye health; yes, it plays an important role in ensuring good vision. In fact, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a deficiency in vitamin A can lead to night blindness. 

So, get your daily dose of jalapenos, and enjoy good health like never before! 

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.