A staple in Thai cuisine, Thai chili peppers are small but pack a huge bite. Imagine sitting in Thailand in the middle of summer and you order a nice spicy meal.... wait spicy food in the middle of summer?! Yes, because once you have taken a bite into a Thai chili, your mouth will water, your tongue will burn and you will begin to sweat. Then a breeze passes you and instantly you are cool off. Did I forget to mention also hydrated from the large amounts of water you just had to consume because of how hot your meal was?
Not only can eating Thai chilies keep you cool during those terrible hot summer days, but it has so many great health benefits as well!
Chili peppers are rich in various vitamins and minerals. Since they are only eaten in small amounts, their contribution to the daily intake is very small.
- Vitamin C: Chili peppers are very high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, important for wound healing and immune function.
- Vitamin B6: A family of B-vitamins, some of which have important functions in energy metabolism.
- Vitamin K1: Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K1 is essential for blood clotting and healthy bones and kidneys.
- Potassium: An essential dietary mineral that serves a variety of functions in the body. Adequate intake of potassium may reduce the risk of heart disease (4).
- Copper: Often lacking in the Western diet, copper is an essential antioxidant trace element, important for strong bones and healthy neurons.
- Vitamin A: Red chili peppers are high in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body.
Other than containing multiple vitamins, thai chilies are also used for aliments such as pain relief and weigh loss.
Did you know that one study found that when red chili peppers (2.5 grams/day) were given to patients with heartburn it worsened pain at the beginning of the 5-week treatment, but improved it over time?
This is supported by another small study showing that 3 grams of chili each day for 6 weeks improved heartburn in patients with acid reflux.
Also, studies have shown that 10 grams of red chili pepper can significantly increase fat burning in both men and women. Capsaicin may also reduce calorie intake. A study in 24 regular consumers of chili found that capsaicin before a meal led to reduced calorie intake.
Next time you visit Aloy Modern Thai, make sure you take the time to take care of yourself and enjoy a nice plate of our drunken noodles to enjoy the health benefits of Thai peppers!