Secret Health Benefits of New Mexico Chile Peppers?



Remember how your mom always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables?

We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is essential to maintaining a healthy body!  By eating fruits and vegetables we reduce our risk of disease, maintain healthy digestive systems, and feel more energized.  Lucky for New Mexicans we have a secret fruit that tastes so good some people forget it is a fruit… the chile pepper!


So why not eat more chile?  Just like other fruits and vegetables, chile peppers reduce the risk of disease, keep your digestive system healthy, and contain the same energizing vitamins and minerals.  1 cup of fresh green chile contains only 30 calories, 7.10g of carbohydrates, only 0.15 grams of fat, and 181.9mg of vitamin C (that is almost twice as much as a cup of raw oranges) (source, NMSU Chile Pepper Institute).


What you might not know is chile peppers have extra health benefits that other fruits don’t.  Unlike strawberries, grapes, oranges, etc., chile peppers are spicy… this is where the extra health benefits come from.  The spiciness of chiles helps to increase metabolisms, lower blood pressure, and reduce pain. If you have a cold you might consider a hot bowl of spicy green chile.  The spiciness will provide temporary relief by reducing sinus inflammation, making it easier for you to breath.  Some psychologists believe that eating spicy food can even improve your mood.


So if you are feeling sad, have a cold, or just pain addicted to the hot stuff do as mom said: eat your fruits and vegetables… especially chile!