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Doctor insights on: Habanero Chili

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What are the benefits of chili powder?

What are the benefits of chili powder?

Source of VITAMIN A: Chili powder is a healthy seasoning and contains a fair amount of vitamin a. Your body needs vitamin a for the maintenance of your eyesight as you age as well as to contribute to maintaining the health of your skin, bones, teeth and reproductive systems. Chili powder also contains small amounts of vitamin c (an anti-oxidant) and many minerals. ...Read more

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Is eating chili at chili bakeoffs safe?

Chili bake offs: Wow - tremendous potential for problems - but trust your judgement - vendors don't intentially try to make people sick but improper storage of ingredients can cause problems, improper handwashing by the cooks can cause issues. So - try to watch the chili being made - if you see things concerning - pass that chili up. But generally the chili is safe. ...Read more

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Why does eating chilis make you feel so hot?

Why does eating chilis make you feel so hot?

Capsaicin: Capsaicin is the chemical that makes chilies hot. It binds to pain receptors in the nose, mouth, and skin called TRPV1 receptors. TRPV1 receptors are usually activated by heat, but the capsaicin tricks them into reacting as though they’re in the presence of something hot even though there’s no actual rise in temperature. ChefMD Video about this: http://www.chefmd.com/recipe_display.php?id=29 ...Read more

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I ate some chili over a week ago and i've been gassy ever since. Why won't it go away, and what can I do to make it go away?

I ate some chili over a week ago and i've been gassy ever since. Why won't it go away, and what can I do to make it go away?

Maybe not the chili: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more

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Will two month old chili make me feel sick?

Don't try 2 find out: Seriously? 2 month old chili? 60 days? Hopefully in fridge! but it's difficult, no, impossible(!), for me to recommend that you try it to find out. Why take the risk? If you have nothing else to eat, there are social programs available to assist you. Just reach out. Check out http://www.Mealcall.Org/meals-on-wheels/ca/corona.Htm for a start. Good luck! but throw out that chili b4 someone else eats. ...Read more

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Are chili good for hypotension?

Are chili good for hypotension?

Hypertension: The active ingredient that gives the peppers their heat - a compound known as capsaicin - might set your mouth on fire, it also leads blood vessels to relax (the research in hypertensive rats shows). Long-term dietary consumption of capsaicin, one of the most abundant components in chili peppers, could reduce blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is eating strong chili every day bad for your intestines?

Is eating strong chili every day bad for your intestines?

Not necessarily : the "strong chili" isn't going to necessarily hurt you, but it can cause an increased acid production. If you have gastric reflux then the acid can cause problems in the future. ...Read more