Green chilli

Green Chilli also known as mirchi, hari mirch, finger chillies. Green chilli acts as a significant role in Indian cooking. These are available throughout the year. There is no scarcity and we also export a large quantity of green chilies.We can say, green chillies are a super food with super flavor. These are rich in vitamins and low in fat and cholesterol.

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The flavor of the dish automatically changes by adding the green chillies. If the green chillies are substituted with red chilli powder for spiciness, the awesome taste of the dish which is to be obtained will not at all be arrived. Green chillies are the life and soul of the cooking. In some countries, spicy dishes with a lot of chillies and fiery capsaicin are eaten during summer months. Though this seems counter-intuitive, the heat from the chillies makes you sweat and the process of sweating cools the body down. There are number of ways to enjoy the taste and health benefits of green chillies.

The “bhut jolokia” or “ghost chilli”, comes from India and is the hottest chilli pepper in the world. Scoville Scale is a scale that measures relative hotness of chillies. On this scale, the ghost chilli measured at over a million Scoville Heat Units. A mere jalapeno measures around 2500-5000 units.

Green chillies contain as much as six times the amount of vitamin C as a single orange. They are good source of iron and potassium. The dried chilli is higher in vitamin A and the fresh chilli in vitamin C. Though, we are getting vitamins and minerals by eating the green chillies, the best health benefit derives from the pain we feel , when we bite it. Their vibrant color, signals high amount of the antioxidant beta-carotene, that supports the cardiovascular system. It also helps in maintaining the health of the skin, eyes and immune system. They also help in blocking the body’s absorption of cholesterol, while remaining low in calories.

Capsaicin, the chemical stored in the veins and seeds of the green chillies, gives them their hot taste and and it has got many nutritional and health benefits. This chemical, as a drug has been prescribed to treat wrinkles, heart health and facial twitching. Capsaicin releases endorphins in the brain and puts the eaters of chilli in a better mood. It actually burns calories by increasing metabolism, as well as curbing appetite. These are also used as anti-inflammatory medicine and also in the arthritis treatment. The hot taste that the capsaicin provides, is even a health benefit and so when you feel the heat, you can easily recognise that it is working.

Wash your hands properly after using chillies and be sure about it. The capsaicin will stick to the fingers and hands, and burn very badly. The important thing to be careful is not to touch eyes, nose, mouth or any other sensitive parts, after handling chillies.

Nutrition Facts of Green chillies

Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 40
% Daily Value
Total fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 7 mg 0%
Potassium 340 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 9 g 3%
Dietary fiber 1.5 g 6%
Sugar 5 g
Protein 2 g 4%
Vitamin A 23% Vitamin C 404%
Calcium 1% Iron 6%
Vitamin B-6 15% Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 6%

Daily Value percentages are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

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