Shilu's Chilli Paste

0.3 kg
$10.99

Chilli addicts rejoice! You'll love this double hit of heat and flavour to add to any meal for anything and everything that requires that extra zing. It's probably the best chilli paste you've ever tasted if you're a connoisseur of all things hot and spicy. 

The chilli pepper is well-known for its ability to provide a spicy kick to everything from soups to salsas. Although it’s most famous for its culinary uses, the chilli pepper also boasts a long list of health benefits as well.

Not only do these spicy superfoods contain a whole host of antioxidants, but chilli peppers also have been shown to improve digestive health, reduce blood pressure levels and bump up fat-burning.

What Is Chili Pepper?

Also known by their scientific name, Capsicum annuum, chilli peppers are a type of nightshade vegetable native to North and South America. There are many different chilli pepper plant varieties, each of which differs in size, shape and spiciness.

Bell peppers, for example, are typically sweet and range in colour from red to green, yellow or orange. Cayenne peppers, on the other hand, are much hotter peppers that are long, skinny and red.

Chilli peppers are considered a staple ingredient in cuisines around the globe. In fact, chilli peppers are often used to add a punch of flavour and heat to Vietnamese, Mexican, Indian, Thai, Arabic and Spanish dishes, among others.

Throughout history, chilli peppers have also been used to treat a variety of different ailments. The Mayans, for instance, used chilli peppers to treat respiratory conditions like asthma and coughing, while the Aztecs used peppers to provide relief from toothaches.

In other areas, chilli peppers have also been used to treat headaches, stiff joints, heart problems and more.

 

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Rich in a variety of vitamins, minerals and health-promoting compounds, it’s no surprise that chilli peppers have been linked to a long list of potential health benefits.

1. Helps Boost Fat-Burning

Chilli peppers have been extensively studied for their ability to ramp up metabolism and boost fat-burning, thanks mostly to their content of capsaicin. Interestingly enough, capsaicin has been shown to increase energy expenditure, which is the number of calories that your body burns throughout the day.

It may also stimulate the breakdown of fat stored in the body so it can be converted into fuel.

Not only that, but chilli peppers can also promote weight loss by decreasing hunger and appetite. One study in the International Journal of Obesity even found that consuming capsaicin before meals increased satiety and reduced subsequent intake of fat and calories.

2. Can Provide Pain Relief

Multiple studies suggest that chilli peppers could potentially help provide relief from pain. This is because capsaicin, the main compound found in chilli peppers, can bind to pain receptors in the body and decrease the perception of pain.

Capsaicin may also offer relief from other forms of pain, including heartburn and acid reflux. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that administering red peppers to people with indigestion reduced heartburn-related pain over a five-week period.

3. Rich in Antioxidants

Chilli peppers are loaded with antioxidants, which are compounds that can help neutralize free radicals and protect against chronic disease. In particular, chilli peppers are especially high in vitamin A and vitamin C, two important micronutrients that double as antioxidants in the body.

Chilli peppers are also a great source of other antioxidants, such as capsanthin, lutein, ferulic acid and zeaxanthin.

4. Helps Reduce Blood Pressure

Promising research suggests that chilli peppers could potentially help reduce blood pressure levels to help keep your heart in tip-top condition. This could be due to the ability of capsaicin to increase levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), an important hormone that may help dilate the blood vessels to provide protection against high blood pressure.

According to one study in Japan, administering capsaicin and isoflavone (another beneficial plant compound) to people with high blood pressure was effective at increasing levels of IGF-1 and decreasing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Similarly, an animal model published in Cell Biology showed that consumption of capsaicin was able to activate a specific protein involved in regulating blood pressure, which could help prevent high blood pressure levels.

5. May Enhance Digestive Health

In traditional medicine, chilli peppers have been used to treat an array of different digestive conditions, including indigestion, acid reflux, stomach ulcers and loss of appetite. With more than 200 natural compounds identified in these powerful peppers, they can help regulate gastric secretions, fight pathogens in the digestive tract, strengthen the defence mechanisms of the stomach and stimulate digestion.

Some research also shows that capsaicin, in particular, could help treat and prevent stomach ulcers. A review out of India noted that capsaicin can inhibit acid secretion, increase mucus secretion and promote blood flow in the stomach to help improve ulcers and wounds.

6. Could Extend Longevity

In addition to improving numerous aspects of overall health, chilli peppers could potentially extend longevity and reduce the risk of mortality. In fact, according to a large study of over 16,000 people, increased consumption of hot red chilli peppers was associated with a lower risk of mortality over an average of nearly 19 years.

Although it’s unclear exactly why eating peppers could help protect against death, researchers believe that it may be due to the presence of capsaicin, which may improve gut health and act as an antioxidant to decrease inflammation.

    Nutrition Facts/Compounds

    Although the specific nutrients and compounds found in chilli peppers can vary based on the different pepper varieties, most are rich in a range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In particular, chilli peppers are high in vitamin C, folate and vitamin A, along with a host of other important micronutrients.

    One half-cup of red chilli pepper contains the following nutrients:

    • 30 calories
    • 6.5 grams carbohydrates
    • 1.5 grams protein
    • 0.5 grams fat
    • 1 gram of dietary fibre
    • 108 milligrams vitamin C (180 percent DV)
    • 0.4 milligrams folate (19 percent DV)
    • 714 International Units vitamin A (14 percent DV)
    • 10.5 micrograms vitamin K (13 percent DV)
    • 241 milligrams potassium (7 percent DV)
    • 0.1 milligrams manganese (7 percent DV)
    • 0.1 milligrams copper (5 percent DV)
    • 0.9 milligrams niacin (5 percent DV)

    Hot peppers are also rich in other beneficial compounds, including antioxidants, such as capsaicin, which is responsible for providing peppers with their signature spicy flavour. Peppers also contain other antioxidants and carotenoids, such as:

    Ingredients specified on the nutrition label include:

    • Red chillis
    • Oil
    • Vinegar
    • Water
    • Garlic
    • Ground Spices
    • Whole Spices
    • Salt
    • Made on the same lines as products with dairy, eggs, nuts, peanuts, sesame and fish. 

       

       

      Best Before: 

      Store in the fridge after opening. It will last on the shelf for 12 months. 

       

      Risks and Side Effects

      Although allergic reactions to chilli peppers are uncommon, they have been reported and may cause symptoms like hives, itching and swelling. If you experience these or any other side effects after consuming chilli peppers, discontinue use immediately and consult with your doctor.

      Additionally, while many enjoy the chilli pepper’s signature spicy flavour, it can also cause a burning sensation in the mouth or skin. In fact, direct skin exposure when handling peppers can trigger a condition known as “hot pepper hands.”

      Wearing gloves is an easy way to prevent skin irritation when cutting or cooking with peppers. There are many other natural options that can absorb hot chilli oil and soothe irritated skin, including rubbing the hands with sugar, dish soap, vegetable oil or milk.

      Some people may also be especially sensitive to the effects of chilli peppers. For these individuals, consumption could cause digestive distress, including stomach pain, diarrhea and cramps.

      Spicy peppers may trigger heartburn in those with acid reflux as well.

      Furthermore, research on the relationship between cancer and chilli pepper consumption has turned up mixed results. While some studies have found that the capsaicin in chilli peppers could block the growth and spread of cancer cells, other research has shown that an increased intake of spicy foods could be tied to a higher risk of cancer.

      Therefore, more studies are needed to evaluate how chilli peppers could impact cancer development.


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