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Why You Should Definitely Add Peppers to Your Menu

By Genevieve Cunningham

Peppers. Most people have a love-hate relationship with the spicy goodness that is a pepper. They burn your mouth up, but they bring so much life to our food. They can take an ordinary meal and turn it into something with a kick. For some reason, some people associate peppers with poor health. But nothing could be further from the truth. While everything should be consumed in moderation, peppers are actually quite healthy. Take a look at these reasons to kick up the spice and add peppers to your diet every day.

They’ll Speed Up Your Metabolism

Peppers are thought to increase the speed of your metabolism. And who wouldn't want a faster metabolism? Capsaicin, the ingredient in peppers that makes them taste hot, gives your metabolism and your body’s calorie burning ability a little boost. This means that you may find a little help in the weight loss department just by adding a little spice to the menu. It's easy and definitely worth the trouble.

They Contain Important Vitamins

We don’t often associate peppers with vitamins, but many varieties are packed full of essential nutrients. They are a great source of getting many of the vitamins and nutrients that you need on a daily basis. Who knew? Look to bell peppers and chili peppers to get a huge dose of the immune boosting Vitamin C. Grab a cayenne pepper to get a big helping of Vitamin A. Peppers are not only spicy, they’re also vitamin heavy and good for the body as a whole.

They’re a Low-Cal Flavor Option

Many people like to complain about healthy food being boring. This is a good place for peppers to step in. Peppers are definitely not boring, and yet they’re incredibly healthy and very low calorie. Need to add a little flavor to a healthy menu? Just start with peppers. You’ll get plenty of flavor, plenty of healthy benefits, and just a few minor calories added to the meal.

Peppers are a great addition to any normal menu. They taste good, bring healthy benefits, and are super easy to handle. Chili, jalapeno, cayenne … take your pick! With a little spice, a little heat, and a mouthful of flavor, peppers can take your diet and your health to the next level in a delicious and satisfying way.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Encinitas, Calif.

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