- Is hot sauce healthy?
A little goes a long way but is this fiery sauce worth the heat? Here are the cool facts.
One teaspoon of hot sauce has zero calories, 6 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C and 119 milligrams of sodium. This condiment helps spice up dishes for very few calories.
Hot sauce gets its burn from a compound found in hot peppers known as capsaicin. The spiciness of hot sauce depends on the type of chili pepper and spices used. That’s why the heat (and capsaicin) will vary from brand to brand.
Although some folks believe spicy foods including hot sauce is a stomach irritant, researchers believe that capsaicin can help decrease the risk of peptic ulcers. Though too much can also irritate your stomach — the ideal amount still needs to be further studied. Studies have shown that it can slightly increase your metabolism several hours after eating.
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- Feelin' hot, hot, hot?
Tired of the same boring, bland foods? Take your summer fare up a notch and try experimenting with chile peppers this season! Chile peppers are a healthy way to spice up your menu. Whether you’re cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner, chile peppers can add a little or a lot of heat to your food, which means big flavor . . . without the fat. Try some peppers in your breakfast omelet, add them to your favorite stir fry, or stuff them for a delicious entree. I promise you, your taste buds will be pleased.
Traditionally, chile peppers have been ranked on the Scoville Heat Scale heat which indicates the amount of heat a pepper produces. To give you an idea, the bell pepper ranks the lowest with a 0, while the habanero chile pepper ranks toward the top with a reading of 350,000 units.
Here are some descriptions of some delicious chile peppers that you can begin experimenting with this summer:
Poblano – You may not have heard of these peppers before, but poblano peppers, with their large size and thick walls, provide the perfect foundation to create a wonderful stuffed pepper entree. Try stuffing poblano peppers with Mexican chili or Spanish rice and vegetables and then grilling them; your family will be happy you did. This pepper is slightly mild with a rating of 1,000-2,000 heat units.
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With a coconut milk marinade and a sweet-and-spicy dipping sauce, Ellie Krieger’s Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce is perfect for any party (like, say, New Year’s Eve). Plus, you can toss leftovers with pasta and steamed broccoli for a simple dinner.
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