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5 Health Benefits of Eating Jalapenos

By Brandi Swieter 

Jalapenos aren’t on everyone’s list of foods they enjoy, but those who don’t mind the spicy peppers should consume them more often. The vegetable has a number of health benefits that makes it worthwhile to eat. Enjoy them plain, diced into a salad, or cooked into other concoctions to get the advantages for your health.

They Aid in Weight Loss

Individuals looking to lose weight can consume jalapenos regularly to do so. The peppers only contain 26 calories in one full cup when sliced. They help to burn fat faster, suppress the appetite, and boost the metabolism. Just one of these things would suffice for losing some weight. Put all three together and there’s an even bigger chance people can see their pounds shed.

They Provide Vitamin C

Vitamin C is beneficial for keeping disease at bay. It works to protect cells from damage and prevent further intrusion into the body. With 10 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C included in jalapenos, this vegetable is a positive source for the nutrient.

They Naturally Relieve Pain

Pain medication may not be necessary if people use the capsaicin found in peppers. The nutrient works to block pain receptors. Ingesting jalapenos won’t suffice. People need to mash up the peppers and grind them into a paste to apply to the aching area. It only works externally. Capsaicin patches and lotions both exist to block pain.

They Can Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

Individuals about to consume a high-carb meal should eat at least 5 milligrams of peppers first. The capsaicin in the peppers can help to stabilize blood sugar levels. They will also prevent the spike in levels that often happens after a meal is consumed. This is beneficial for the heart.

They Provide Fiber

People need fiber to aid the digestion process. Jalapenos contain 2.5 grams of fiber in just one cup. This gives a significant portion towards the daily recommended value of fiber needed each day. Other sources include avocado, nuts, and beans.

Enjoy jalapenos more often to gain the benefits. They can aid in weight loss, provide several vitamins and nutrients, and add a spicy flavor many enjoy. Anyone looking to improve their health should add jalapenos and other vegetables to their list of regularly consumed foods.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arnold, Mo.

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