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PROVEN BENEFITS OF EATING HABANERO PEPPER 

PROVEN BENEFITS OF EATING HABANERO PEPPER 

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Habanero is a common kind of chili pepper. it was named after the Cuban city of La Habana. They have some colors variant, but the most common are orange and red. Habanero originally comes from Amazon. It is known as one of the hottest chili in the world. Therefore, many people use this pepper as the main ingredients of chili sauces.

Although habaneros are spectacularly rich in vitamin C and they no longer reign as the world’s spiciest pepper (although for years, a variety of habanero did hold that title), spiciness remains their defining quality. That spiciness comes from capsaicin, and an ever-increasing body of research shows that people who regularly eat spicy foods – that is, foods rich in capsaicin – live longer than those who don’t, and they’re less likely to to die from cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease. So next time you get a runny nose or find yourself weeping openly from the sheer spiciness of your favorite habanero-heavy foods, take heart: Those might be signs of a long life to come.

Nowadays, Mexico is known as the largest producer of habanero. This pepper will grow best in a country which is rich with sun . With proper care and grow condition, habanero can produce fruits for years. As long as the weather and the environment suits it. In Nigerian is available in all parts of the country and used for various Foreign/Local delicious food recipes.

Macronutrients in Habanero Peppers

A single habanero pepper only contains about 18 calories. It has just 4g of carbohydrates, with a surprising 2.4g of that coming from sugars – although you could hardly call this hottest of peppers “sweet.” One habanero also contains 0.7g of dietary fiber and 0.8g of protein.

Turning Down the Heat

Do you like the taste of habaneros, but can’t quite handle the full heat? You have a couple of options. First, if you’re shopping for hot sauce or other prepared habanero products.

Second, the hottest parts of a habanero pepper are its seeds and its membrane. If you remove these, the remaining “meat” will be relatively mild – although those who truly dislike spicy foods might still find it too hot for their palates.

Habanero contains a number of nutrients which gives many health benefits. They contain a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. As same as most of the chili pepper family, habanero also contain capsaicin. This compound gives many health benefits for people.

BENEFITS OF HABANERO PEPPER

1. Anti-Inflammatory

Habanero has anti-inflammatory effect. The capsaicin acting as an anti-inflammatory by slow down the production of substance. So that the inflammatory effect can be reduced, such as swelling and pain associated. That is why consuming this pepper is good to fight arthritis and also headache. It is a natural way to eliminate migraine and another type of pain. Another thing that habanero can avoid food bacteria. Therefore, it reduces the risk of having inflammation.

2. Weight Loss

Capsaicin found in harbanero pepper stimulate the body to a fast fat burning. The hot sensation increases human thermogenesis. It is a condition in which human body temperature is raised and the energy is output. The released energy was coming from fat burning; therefore, it helps to reduce weight.

In case that habanero pepper is consume together during meal time, the thermogenesis will release an energy resulted from food. So that the body will not absorb the food into fat. But release it as an energy. People will feel hot and get sweat as its effect. The lipid metabolism inside the body is increased, so that the body avoid creating fat. Capsaicin also works to reduce human appetite, which avoid people to gain fat and become overweight.

3. Prevent Diabetes

The contain of capsaicin in the habanero believed can help to reduce diabetes. It works by reduce the level of insulin. This will work maximize in overweight person, which mostly get risk of diabetes type 2. By consuming habanero, this can help blood glucose control. The blood glucose will reduce significant and avoid people getting diabetes. This is not mean that habanero pepper can cure diabetes.

But it is precisely prevent and managed the body from diabetes. But note that the pepper will work optimize in controlling the sugar level on the blood if consuming uncooked. The cooked one may not be as effective as the raw one.

4. Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Inside the harbanero, the capsaicin stimulates the body nerves in a way that favours increase blood flow. The blood vessels will dilate and lowering the blood pressure. Therefore, it is increase circulation and might benefit people with high blood pressure. It is increase the insulin-like growth factor IGF-I. This help the blood cholesterol level to lower down. So that any type of the cardiovascular disease can be avoid.

People with risk of heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure is suggested to consume the pepper. This can be a natural way to keep a healthy blood flows. Furthermore, it is also able to reverse the damage blood vessel. And prevent the bad cholesterol of building up in the blood vessel.

5. Anti-Cancer

Some research found that capsaicin is a best anti-oxidant. Therefore, habanero believed can help to reduce cancer. There is a research in the US that treat cancer patient with giving them hot peppers. They resulted an improved health condition. The cancer cell’s growth is significantly slowed down.

7. Respiratory Treatment

Habanero pepper can eliminate sinuses. As the same way with other spicy food, the effect is good for opening up slogged sinuses. It means that it leads to a fast recover of cold. It works by giving a relief breathe system in human. The hot sensation feeling help to relief the respiratory system. It acts as decongestant and help the mucous out. So that you can breathe easier and relaxed. It is good for people with allergic symptoms such as asthma. It can soothe the lining of the lungs.

HOW TO USE IT

There are many ways to use harbanero in our daily food. Most people use it as chili sauce. This can mix with a lot variety of food such as homemade harbanero chili sauce, just blend the fruits. For more flavour, some people put onion and salt.

Another recipe of foods which using harbanero is spicy soups. This is also simple. Whether it is vegetables soup, or curry, just cut the harbanero into pieces and mix with the soup. The spicy taste and the hot sensation is a good relief during cold. It will work better to consume while hot. You can blend with other ingredients to make your soups and stews.

Side Effect of Habanero Pepper

Habanero pepper can cause a serious side effects. It is known that almost all pepper has a side effect to the people with weak digestive system. It can cause a nausea feeling and a heartburn condition. If you suffer from digestive system problems like chronic heartburn or irritable stomach syndrome, try to have yogurt. It helps giving some kind of wall to your stomach to minimize the effect from habanero. Otherwise, you need to communicate with your doctor before try to consume habanero.

Because habaneros are so hot, you should exercise extreme caution when handling them – especially if you’re going to be touching your own mucus membranes or those of anyone else in the near future. Contact lens wearers, in particular, beware; it’s very easy for some of the habanero’s sticky oils to remain on your hands, even after washing. The easiest way to protect yourself is to wear gloves when handling habaneros.

The pepper also produce mouth burning sensation. To release it, do drinking water or milk. Since dairy product will work to deactivate the capsaicin and eliminate the hot sensation.

Another old reliable way is to simply rub a pinch of salt on your hurting lips and lick it. It works like magic.

Licking a pinch of salt also works if peppers accidentally gets into your eyes. Just like magic.

However, the health benefit of habanero pepper is much more than the disadvantages. It is good to add this spicy thing unto your meal by two or three times in a week.

Spicy and healthy!

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