Cayenne pepper is a little red, hot spice which has origins in South and Central America, the West Indies and Mexico.
It is typically found dried or powdered and produces a powerful heat that can bring recipes to life. The active ingredient in Cayenne pepper called capsaicin gives the pepper its intensity.
- A single teaspoon of cayenne pepper equates to around 15 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A which is good for fighting infection, as well as maintaining healthy mucous membranes. (1)
- Cayenne pepper contains vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) which uses its antioxidant properties to prevent atherosclerosis, oxidative stress, cataracts, cancer, asthma, allergies and even type two diabetes. (2)
- Red peppers also tend to have a higher carotenoid content making it one of the most powerful naturally occurring antioxidants which is effective in combating degenerative diseases and cataracts. (3)
- Cayenne peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, which provides collagen synthesis to retain healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and organs, and helps boost your immunity. (4)
- Contains Vitamin K which promotes healthy blood flow. (5)
- A good source of B-vitamins which helps with the metabolic breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. (6)
- Provides iron which helps prevent anaemia. (7)
- Contains good level of magnesium which helps to support bone and joint movement. (8)
- Cayenne is also a good source of potassium, which helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. (9)
Cayenne Pepper Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: two tablespoons (28 grams), raw
|Calories from Fat||40|
|Total Fat||5 g||7%|
|Saturated Fat||1 g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrates||16 g||5%|
|Dietary Fibre||8 g||30%|
|Vitamin A 233%||Vitamin C||36%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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