Chilies are Not Just for Curry

Spice Up Your Life!

This chapter looks at one great way to spice up your life and lose weight at the same time by adding hot tasting or flavorsome spices to your food. You can take even the most bland diet meal and make it taste interesting by adding some spices and herbs without adding a single calorie.

You know, those fiery hot chili peppers are not just for the curry, as they can be used in a variety of dishes to turn up the heat and at the same time they’ll be helping you to lose weight. But how does that happen?

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The endearing property of the chili pepper is in its hotness and that level of heat actually boosts your metabolism to digest food more efficiently. It’s almost like you pick up a very hot cup and you need to put it down again fast. Your digestive tract gets a load of the chili flavored food coming its way and it goes into overdrive to get the food passed through as fast as it can. No slouching with the hot stuff!

Chilies also initially increase blood flow as your body attempts to counter the effects of the heat, which in turn uses more energy and that makes you burn more calories than you would have done had you eaten the same meal without the powerful spice.

Obtaining fresh chilies is the beat way to do this, although powered chilies, better known as cayenne pepper can also be pretty hot. If you can’t always get them fresh, you can always try growing them yourself. The plants are easy to grow from seed and as long as they get plenty of light and warmth in summer they will produce a continuous supply of the long, tapering green chilies that will eventually turn red if you allow them to ripen. Of course the level of heat varies from plant to plant and even from individual fruit to individual fruit on a plant, so it’s difficult to gauge whether you’ll be in for a serious case of gastronomic searing or the effect will be somewhat milder!

The easiest to grow are cayenne peppers, although there are many varieties that you can get from seed specialists if you are interested and have a suitable greenhouse or you live in fairly hot climate. Then you can have fresh chili peppers for most of the year and when you get a glut in summer, either sundry the red ones or pop a handful of green ones in the freezer!

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