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Chili Pepper Trivia

Contrary to what many believe, the seeds are NOT the source of heat in a chili pepper. The real heat is in the placenta which attaches the seeds to the pod.

Chiles are the perfect diet food. They're low in calories, increase the body's metabolism, add flavor to healthy foods, and curb the appetite.

A compound found in chili peppers (Capsaicin) is known to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and ward off heart attacks and strokes.

People who regularly eat chiles are generally healthier than people who don't.

Red chili peppers have more Vitamin A than carrots.

Chiles are eaten daily by 25% of the world's population.

PEPPERS ARE ADDICTIVE! The good news is that you quickly grow tolerant of the heat.

The smaller and thinner the pepper, the hotter it will be.

Chiles are not vegetables but fruits.

After salt, chiles are the most common spice in the world.

Peppers are rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Potassium, Riboflavin and Thiamin.

Food safety: Chiles can reduce harmful bacteria on food.

The Red Savina Habanero holds the title for the world's hottest chili pepper.

Chiles are a known aphrodisiac. They also cause the brain to release opiate-like endorphins giving a person a feeling of well-being.

The heat in a chile comes from an oil called Capsaicin.

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