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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chili Peppers

Chili Peppers is a category of all kinds of different hot peppers. They are used extensively in the preparation of lots of meals all over the world and have been known to be around for 6,000 years.

Peppers come in many different colors and varieties. The dark colored ones are often sweeter in taste and the riper the pepper, the hotter it is.

Chili Peppers

An essential ingredient in a variety of spicy, ethnic dishes, chili peppers are eaten on a daily basis by at least one-quarter of the world's adult population.

Chili peppers come in many varieties and range in heat intensity from the milder poblano pepper to the extremely hot habañero. One hot green chili pepper (45g) has only 18 calories and more than the Daily Value of vitamin C.

Capsaicin, the primary pungent and irritating compound in hot chili peppers has strong antioxidant properties. More research is needed to confirm the healing benefits attributed to chili peppers, such as fighting bacteria, stimulating circulation, clearing congestion, aiding digestion and alleviating shingles pain.
~Source: Dole Food Facts.

The highest amount of vitamin C can be found in red chili peppers, but all peppers contain vitamin B, especially vitamin B6, and are rich in potassium, magnesium and iron.

The effect of capsaicin on health related conditions is still being studied because it is suspected that this compound may have a positive influence on arthritis, psoriasis, postmastectomy pain, headaches, diabetic neuropathy and many other diseases and/or conditions. It also seems to prevent stomach ulcers due to its bacteria killing properties.

On the negative side: eating too many chili peppers can not only increase the number of daily bowel movements, but can also aggravate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is also linked to stomach cancer and the recommendation for consumption is to chew them well and not swallow them whole; this could cause bowel obstruction and perforation.

What is pleasing to the taste buds for one, may taste terrible to another. It is good to have so many differences in taste; the choice in food is much greater then when we all would like the same dishes. Variety is the spice of life.

The opposite is true for listening. We have the tendency to construe what is being said in to what we want to hear, read between the lines or mistrust the words we hear. God's word is clear and to the point. We don't have to read between the lines and even though it may not always be what we want to hear, we can trust His guidance and leadership without question. :-)

Job 34:3
For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.


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