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Spice up Your Life!
Member Name: mikeb2102
Advantages: Adds spice to dishes, burns calories
Disadvantages: Too much chilli can be overpowering
Since starting my healthy eating lifestyle change a few weeks ago, I started to read about different types of food that would burn fat. I came across a few articles referring to a group of foods known as 'fat burners', these include; Lean meat, lentils, low-fat dairy products, oatmeal, and hot peppers. Most of these foods use more calories to break them down, or speed up your metabolism, but chillies literally heat your body up and in doing so melt calories. A whole list of fat burning foods can be found here - http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/best-fat-bu rning-foods for anyone that's interested. There is stuff written in mens magazines too, I just used that as an example, healthy eating is not sexist.
== What is it? ==
Chilli peppers are the fruit of the capsicum family, which include the common red pepper. Various spices can be made from these peppers, such as cayenne and paprika. Like the capsicum family has many members, the chilli branch of the capsicum family has many different varieties, such as; Birds Eye Chilli, Scotch Bonnet (Extremely hot), Jalapeno etc. Chilli peppers give off a hotness when eating them, this is because they contain the component Capsaicin. It is Capsaicin that heats your body up, which in turn burns those calories. You should always be careful when handling chilli peppers, as I have found out on numerous occasions when rubbing my eye after chopping up a chilli, as it isn't a pleasant feeling at all, so either wear rubber gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after use.
== Uses ==
Chillies have many uses, I usually chop them into a stir fry and my curry recipe uses three birds eye chillies. When chopping up a chilli, you can either decide to take the seeds out, or keep them in. I find the seeds contain a lot of the heat, so quite often I leave them in, I wouldn't recommend this if you are new to eating spicy food though. Also, I wouldn't recommend going overboard with chillies, as it is more difficult to cool down a hot and spicy dish, than it is to add more spice to it. As chillies are native to South America, they are found in many Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes too.
== Price ==
Prices vary on these, it depends on what type of chilli you are buying too. I usually pay 75p for a small bag of birds eye chillies from Sainsburys, so they won't break the bank at that price.
== Verdict ==
This is another staple of my daily food intake, I eat at least one of these a day and my body has got used to the heat. The type I prefer are the small birds eye chillies, small but they pack a mighty punch of fire, although they aren't so overpowering that they overtake the other flavours in the meal. Because I eat quite a lot of chillies each week I plan to try and grow some next year, just need to get a mini greenhouse or something as they do like a hot weather. So if you want to burn off those calories, you can do a lot worse than add these babies to your diet, combine it with some exercise and you will be well on your way, I lost 12lb in 4 weeks and thanks is due to the humble chilli for some of that, so go on...spice up your life!
Summary: Great spice to make those dishes a bit more spicy, burns calories too!