Chili Peppers

Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers

If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen! Chili peppers are loved by some and hated by others, but these hot little peppers have some incredible health benefits if you're ready for a little spice in your life. Most often used in Asian and Mexican cooking, they can help reduce inflammation and lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Scared of the heat? Different varieties have varying spice levels, so start with less spicy varieties. You can test a chili's heat by cutting it open and bringing it to your nose - if your nose tingles from the spice, you've got a spicy pepper!

Selection Process

Select fresh or dried chili peppers; fresh peppers should be firm to the touch with smooth skin. Milder chilis will have broad shoulders and blunt tips, while hotter varieties will have narrow shoulder and pointed tips.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 pepper (45.0 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 18.0

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.2g 0.3%

Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.1%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 4.1mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 4.0g 1.3%

Dietary Fiber 0.7g 2.7%

Sugars 2.4g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 0.8g

Vitamin A 8.6% Vitamin C 107.8%
Calcium 0.6% Iron 2.6%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 1.0%
Vitamin K 7.9% Thiamin 2.2%
Riboflavin 2.3% Niacin 2.8%
Vitamin B-6 11.4% Folate 2.6%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 0.9%
Phosphorus 1.9% Magnesium 2.6%
Zinc 0.8% Selenium 0.3%
Copper 2.9% Manganese 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.