Jalapenos are almost synonymous with Mexican food. They are fun, they are spicy, and they offer a host of benefits you probably don’t know much about. Keep reading to learn more!
When you think of sources of vitamin C, you probably picture an enticing glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.
The truth is that there are many sources of vitamin C besides citrus fruits. Take, for example, the humble jalapeno.
A single jalapeno pepper contains 6.2 mg of vitamin C, which amounts to a whopping 10% of the Daily Reference Value (DRV)
Vitamin A (and Then Some)
Jalapenos are also a good source of vitamin A, a nutrient that strengthens vision, cell growth, and our immune system. Plus, vitamin A also has antioxidant properties.
A jalapeno contains 112 IU of vitamin A, that is, 2% of the Daily Reference Value (DRV).
In addition to vitamin C and A, our spicy friend packs other nutrients such as:
- Vitamin K: 1.4 mcg (2%)
- Niacin: 0.2 mg (1%)
- Vitamin B6: 0.1 mg (4%)
- Folate: 6.6 mcg (2%)
- Iron: 0.1 mg (1%)
- Potassium: 30.1 mg (1%)
- Magnesium: 2.7 mg (1%)
Not bad for a small pepper, huh?
May Help You Lose Weight
Probably the most surprising benefit of jalapeno peppers is that they may help you lose weight.
Studies have linked capsaicin, the compound responsible for the jalapeno’s spiciness, with anti-obesity properties.
Capsaicin is believed to boost your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories. Plus, it appears that capsaicin also suppresses appetite.
This is such a powerful combination that scientists are taking an interest in the potential of capsaicin as an aid in weight regulation.
Now you know it: jalapenos are more than spiciness — they are also a smart addition to your diet.
Keep in mind, however, that you should avoid jalapenos (and spicy food in general) if you experience heartburn regularly or if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
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