Chili peppers need to be in your diet. Here are 18 healthy reasons to spice up your diet with more hot chili peppers. Just by adding more spice to your life, you're also boosting your health in several ways. I've always loved the way it burns, but now I have even more reason.
The beta carotene concentration is high in red chili peppers, especially. This is converted to Vitamin A within the body.
Vitamin B6 is one of the B vitamins that helps the body with energy-related metabolism.
This vitamin comes in large amounts in hot chili peppers. It aids the body in immunity, as well as wound healing.
This compound is only found in chili peppers. It's what causes them to be spicy. But it also helps reduce pain and inflammation. It's also one of the several antioxidants found in chili peppers. Antioxidants are known for helping with the prevention and healing of cancer.
This is another powerful carotenoid antioxidant found in chili peppers. It is also thought to aid in fighting cancer.
Chili peppers are packed with plenty of good carbs to help create good energy. Plant-based carbs contain fibers that help the body produce energy, stabilize hormones, lose weight, sleep well, promote healthy brain function, and more.
Copper promotes strong bones and healthy neurons and is often a rare commodity in the Western diet. But it can be found in various chili peppers.
This is yet another strong antioxidant found in chili peppers. It can help protect against many chronic diseases.
Chili peppers have fiber, which is very good for digestion and keeping you regular.
Vitamin K1 (or phylloquinone) is know for aiding in blood clotting, promoting healthy kidney function, and promoting healthy bones.
High amounts of lutein have been linked to improved eye health and function. Strong concentrations have been found in green or immature hot chili peppers.
Monounsaturated & Polyunsatured Fats
These good fats help reduce the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol. In chili peppers, they come in many forms, including some of the Omegas.
This all-important polyunsaturated fat can help you lower unhealthy levels of bad cholesterol.
The human body cannot produce the polyunsaturated fats Omega-6 or Omega-3, both of which are found in chili peppers.
Think you can only find potassium in bananas? Wrong. You can also get it from eating lots of spicy chili peppers. Potassium may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Did you know that chili peppers contained protein? The exact amount of protein needed each day is debated by many health professionals. However, most will agree that it's definitely beneficial.
Sinapic (or sinapinic) acid is another powerful antioxidant also found in chili peppers. This compound is similar to ferulic acid.
This carotenoid antioxidant can be found in yellow chili peppers. Like other antioxidants in chili peppers, this compound can help fight many major chronic diseases, such as some types of cancer.
Want lots of yummy recipes containing chili peppers?
Several of the recipes in "Vegan Recipes That Don't Suck"
show you new and tasty ways to use these important spices.
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Short on time, but want to prepare a quick and healthy meal? Here are a few quick meal ideas using only simple nutritious ingredients. These options can be prepared quickly but would still be healthier than many alternative quick meals, especially since these choices are all natural.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes are an all-time American favorite. But they aren’t generally healthy. However, that’s no longer an issue if you choose to prepare Vegetarian Sloppy Joes. Heat in just a few minutes, add your favorite organic buns, and you’re ready to eat!
Did you know that quinoa can be even more versatile than rice? It’s also quite healthy as well. If you can’t make it from scratch, there are many simple quinoa meal packages with a variety of flavors, such as basil pesto, artichoke & roasted pepper, garden vegetable, mango jalapeno, and many more.
Lentil soup can be quite flavorful and wholesome, as well as quick. There are many canned and dried lentil soup options that can be made in mere minutes. Some flavors include onion, curry, garden vegetable, sicilian, low sodium, quinoa and kale, and more. Many of these only require simple stovetop or microwave preparation.
Looking for a new beverage that’s both natural and good for you? Coconut water is both, and has many benefits to your health and physical well-being. Here are just a few benefits of drinking coconut water.
Full of Nutrition
Coconut water is filled with tons of nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also a great source of amino acids and enzymes. Some of these nutrients provide anti-aging and anti-cancer effects.
Easy on the Stomach
Not only is coconut water good for rehydrating your body after excessive sweating or vomiting, it’s easy on the stomach and is excellent for soothing upset stomachs. It can also naturally settle acid reflux and GERD.
Boost Good Cholesterol and Lower Bad Cholesterol
Another benefit of drinking coconut water is lowering your LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol while also boosting your HDL (or “good”) cholesterol. By doing this, you can naturally lower your risk of heart disease and many other conditions.
One of the Best Thirst Quenchers
Coconut water is also full of electrolytes and carbohydrates, making it an excellent thirst quencher and energy booster. Because it's so good at fighting dehydration, it can also treat headaches, many of which are triggered when a person is dehydrated.
Mixing your protein powder to drink on the go is the usual way to get in your daily amount. But it doesn't have to be the only way. Enjoy these five great ways to use protein powders.
Mix it In Your Smoothie
Is your smoothie missing protein? Just blend your favorite protein beverage powder right into it. This can enhance both the flavor, as well as the nutrition levels.
Add it to Pancake Mix
Make your morning pancakes tastier and healthier by adding some protein powder to the batter. This can be a great way to get your morning pick-me-up.
Blend it Into Oatmeal
Feeling more like oatmeal? Go ahead and stir in your favorite protein powder beverage to make it heartier and healthier.
Mix Into Your Cookie Dough Recipe
Cookies? Yes, your cookies can actually be healthy and still taste good. Substitute some of your daily allotted amount of protein powder for some of the flour in your favorite cookie dough recipe. Then, just cook and enjoy!
Mix Some Into Your Favorite Banana Bread
Does your banana bread need an extra boost? Try blending in a vanilla or strawberry protein powder for more nutrition, as well as an amazing flavor.
Sometimes, the morning routine must be faster than you'd like, leaving you wondering what to eat. Not to worry. Quick breakfasts can still be healthy.
Organic Granola is Healthy and Fast!
You probably already know that organic granola is healthier among breakfast foods. But do you know why? It can lower cholesterol, is said to increase energy, may aid in weight loss, is heart-healthy, can regulate digestion, may prevent anemia, can increase cognitive abilities, may help manage diabetes, can improve skin health, can stimulate new hormonal and tissue growth, can build stronger bones, and may even prevent cancer.
Cereal Bars Are Great On-The-Go
When you're in a rush, you need breakfast foods you can just grab and eat. Cereal bars can be great for that. Just be sure to choose the right ones. All of them aren't all they're cracked up to be. But many of the organic ones are very healthy. Look for ingredients like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, whole rolled oats, bananas, and other fruits or whole grains. Try to avoid things like high fructose corn syrup.
Healthy Peanut Butter Toast
Toast is quick and easy to take out the door for breakfast. Peanut butter itself is healthy, when you choose a good organic blend with only simple ingredients. But choosing the right bread is also key. Organic darker whole grain breads, such as whole rye, pumpernickel, and flaxseed are often healthier.
Thinking about drink choices that are healthier? Oolong tea should be high on your list. Here are 5 benefits of drinking oolong tea.
One study found that oolong tea may help prevent ovarian cancer from occurring. It is said to have natural antioxidant properties that specifically target this type of cancer.
Weight Loss Aid
Many swear by oolong tea’s ability to aid in weight loss. According to scientific studies, it can increase metabolism, burn fat, and block dietary fat absorption.
Drinking oolong tea is said to aid in mental alertness. This is likely due to the natural caffeine content.
Helps Prevent Tooth Decay
Oolong tea may help reduce the enzyme activities of streptococci bacteria. This bacteria has been known to cause formation of dental plaque, which can result in dental caries. Of the teas examined in a 1993 study, oolong was proven to have the most benefits.
Helps Ease High Blood Pressure & Certain Heart Conditions
One study claims that oolong tea can help reduce the blood concentration of triglycerides. These are the most common fats found in the body. It has also been found to reduce the body’s cholesterol level after just one month of regular drinking.
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