A source of antioxidants and vitamin C, chillies contain capsaicin, a substance with many health benefits. We tell you more...
Often criticized for its irritating effect and poor digestibility by sensitive stomachs, chillies actually have interesting medicinal virtues. Not only does it liven up your dishes, it can also give your health a boost!
LOW IN CALORIES AND RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Used in small quantities in the kitchen, chillies have negligible calories. Rich in plant pigments (chlorophyll for green chillies, carotenoids for red and orange chillies), they have high antioxidant properties. Antioxidants in the diet also help to combat the "oxidative stress" associated with pollution, sunlight, etc.
SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
Depending on the species, chillies contain between 100 and 1200 mg of vitamin C per 100g of chilli, i.e. over 100% of daily requirements (1 gram per day). It is also a source of vitamins A, B6, E and potassium, which benefit the skin, respiratory tract, immune system, blood system and fatigue, among others.
IT COULD PROMOTE LONGEVITY...
According to a study published in August 2015, frequent consumption of spicy food is associated with greater longevity by reducing the risk of cancer and respiratory disease.
Like all superfoods, it is therefore advisable to consume it in moderation!
Sources : Sciencesetavenir.fr, Pourquoi ajouter du piment au menu ?, Marie-Noëlle DELABY, février 2016
Passeportsante.net, Produits de santé naturels / Cayenne, Pierre Lefrançois, janvier 2022