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Chili pepper: Experts weigh in on health benefits, nutrition facts, and more

Microsoft Start Health logo Microsoft Start Health 02/10/2022 Faith Seke, PhD, Agronomy and Crop Science (ongoing)/Master's degree, Food Science and Technology/Bachelor's degree in food science and nutrition honor's degree and Carolina Castro, PhD Candidate (Health Services)
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Perspective from Faith Seke

Benefits

  • Chili pepper is very rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and is very vital in wound healing and immune function.
  • Chili pepper is also a good source of vitamin B6 which is responsible for energy metabolism and K1 is essential for blood clotting and bone development.
  • Chili pepper is also a good source of phenolic acids such as sinapic acid and ferulic acid, these have antioxidant properties essential in protecting against chronic diseases.

Possible Side Effects

  • Chili pepper can cause adverse effect like burning sensation because of the presence of capsaicin which binds to pain receptors and leads to intense burning sensation.
  • Individual with irritable bowel syndrome should avoid consuming chili pepper because it can trigger stomach pain and diarrhea

Chili pepper: How much should you eat? Experts weigh in.

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Perspective from Carolina Castro

Benefits

  • Capsaicin in chili pepper is an excellent antioxidant and may help fight cancer and inflammation.
  • Chili pepper may also help improve metabolism and burn body fat.
  • Chili pepper is also full of beta carotene (pro vitamin A) excellent for vision health and intestinal health, plus is rich in vitamin C too.

Possible Side Effects

  • Too much intake can cause stomach burn and diarrhea.
  • Excessive consumption can also cause burning sensation.

Chili pepper: How much should you eat? Experts weigh in.

Love Chili pepper? Get nutritional facts, tips from health experts, and more

This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual doctors, and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns.

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