JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Good news for spicy Indonesian food lovers! Those of you who love Padang culinary are very familiar with green chili paste—locally known as sambal ijo, which consists of green chili, tomatoes and onion. Although the taste of green chillies are not as hot and spicy as red chili peppers, they produce zero calories and cholesterol.
Green chili is also loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals, and contains a list of derived chemical compounds known for their disease prevention and health properties. Therefore, green chili is recommended to be included in your daily spices list.
As reported from Asia One, below are the 13 benefits of eating green chili:
1. Immunity Booster
Green chili is rich in vitamin C. Regular consumption of vitamin C helps develop resistance to inflammatory, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body and harmful diseases by boosting immunity.
2. Helps Improve Digestion
When chewing green chilies, the mouth produces large amounts of saliva that can help in the digestion of food.
3. Helps Metabolize Iron
Green chili tends to be a source of vitamin C, a vitamin that can help your body absorb iron and therefore play a key role in the body's ability to metabolize iron. In addition, green chili peppers improve hemoglobin into a natural source of iron and help fight anemia.
4. Helps Reduce Blood Sugar
Eating green chili is beneficial for diabetics because it reduces sugar levels and can create a balance of the body.
5. Anti Bacterial Properties
The anti-bacterial properties of green chili peppers help protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals that are produced due to stress and various illnesses.
6. Skin-Lightening Properties
The content of vitamin C in green chili peppers is water-soluble antioxidants important for collagen synthesis. Collagen is one of the major structural proteins needed to maintain healthy and radiant skin.
7. Good For Your Hair
Due to the presence of natural silicon that improves blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, green chilli acts as a natural hair growth stimulator.
8. Aids in Weight Loss
Green chillies help burn excess fat in the body by increasing metabolism and having zero calories.
9. Improve Vision
Green chili is also rich in vitamin A that helps improve vision.
10. Good For Heart Disease
Green chili is enriched with minerals including potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium. This is an important component that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
11. Bone Structure Treatment
Green chili is rich in calcium and vitamin K which can help lower your risk of osteoporosis and bleeding when you are injured.
12. Constipation Prevention
To help overcome and prevent constipation, choose a green chili that contains lots of dietary fiber.
13. Mood Stabilizer
Green chili contains capsaicin which helps release endorphins (feel good hormones) to the brain so as to stabilize mood.
Although it contains many health benefits, but remember to consume enough because when consuming excessively will cause inflammation and in the worst case of stomach cancer.