TURN UP THE HEAT
The hot health benefits of eating chillies
Did you know that humans are the only species that seeks out the spicy flavour of chilli?
it’s curious that a food which triggers our pain receptors into action can be so popular. While it’s often believed that hot chilli causes a rush of endorphins, resulting in a mild ‘high’, there’s little scientific evidence to prove it. What we do know is:
Chilli activates heat receptors that live all through our bodies, not just on our tongues. We all have a different number of heat receptors, which explains why some of us find chillies are too hot to handle.
For those who love the fiery taste, chilli has got some hot health benefits: vibrant red chillies are packed with powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants, especially vitamin C.
The other advantage of chilli is that it adds a hefty punch of flavour to your food, reducing the need to add high-kilojoule sugary or salty sauces. For more ideas on how to add big flavour for minimal kilojoules, turn to p26.