The Many Health Benefits of Red Chilli
In India, we love our spices, and chillies are a must have in any kitchen. Some of the chilli varieties commonly used here are Kashmiri, Byadagi, Jwala, Dhani and Kanthari. Red chillies are usually dried and sold whole or powdered. Aside from imparting flavour and spice, there are many more red chilli benefits. Keep reading to learn all about them.
Chillies are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K1, vitamin A, potassium and copper. They are also packed with antioxidants such as capsanthin, violaxanthin, lutein, capsaicin and ferulic acid. Dry red chilli benefits might outweigh those of immature green chillies, as the antioxidant content is higher in mature red chillies.
Capsaicin is the main bioactive compound which is responsible for giving chillies their spicy flavour. Capsaicin boosts the metabolism, increasing body heat and thereby the amount of calories burned daily. Further, capsaicin can also help reduce cravings by keeping you feeling full for longer. While it is commonly believed that spicy foods lead to stomach ulcers, one study has shown that when taken in moderation, capsaicin can decrease the risk of gastric ulcers, thus aiding digestive health. Capsaicin binds with pain receptors, which are nerve endings that sense pain. This induces a burning sensation but does not cause any real burning injuries.
Studies have shown that red chilli peppers can also help to relieve pain caused by heartburn in people with acid reflux. Red Chilli Powder Benefits don’t end at that. One study showed the risk of all-cause mortality was 13% lower in people that consumed red chilli peppers than in those that did not.
Types of Chilli Powder Used in India
Chilli powder is made from dried chillies that are finely ground. There are two main types widely used in Indian cuisine - red chilli powder and Kashmiri chilli powder. Red chilli powder is usually made from cayenne chilli peppers. However, it can also be made from local chilli varieties such as Byadagi chillies and Guntur chillies. As the name suggests, Kashmiri chilli powder is made from the less pungent Kashmiri chilli variety. It is known for imparting a vibrant red colour to dishes. However, when it comes to flavour, red chilli powder offers more spice as it has a higher capsaicin content.
Try Tata Sampann Red Chilli Powder for your meals as this spice powder has natural oils. These natural oils give the spices their health benefits and enhances its flavour.
Too much of a good thing can also be bad. So be sure to use this pungent spice in moderation. #SpiceUpYourHealth with tastier, healthier cooking!
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