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Chipotle Facts – To Eat Or Not To Eat

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Chipotle facts - To Eat or not to EatHave you ever wondered where Mexican food gets it earthy heat? Well, you have guessed it right, from chipotle, and here are some interesting chipotle facts.  To begin with, what are chipotles? Chipotles are dried chili peppers. The ripe jalapenos are smoked for several days until they shrivel up like raisins and prunes. The smoking period imparts the characteristic flavor to chipotles. They come in many varieties and forms. Buy chipotles as chipotle pods, powders, meat marinades, concentrated base, canned etc.


 


Beneficial Chipotle Facts


Do not push aside this Mexican magical ingredient due to its shriveled appearance since it has many benefits.


  • Chipotle is a storehouse of many nutrients. They are a rich source of Vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin C, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

  • Chipotles contain capsaicin, which has proved to be useful in fighting cancer cells. Reports have revealed that capsaicin is especially beneficial in cases of prostate, pancreatic and lung cancer cells.

  • Dried chili pepper improves and stimulates blood circulation to heart, thus protecting heart from cardiovascular problems.

  • They are a rich source of carotenoids and polyphenols and hence are powerful antioxidants.

  • Capsaicin present in chipotles aids in fat metabolism and thereby weight loss.

  • In addition, chipotles are home remedies for cold, cough, mucus blockages, congestion etc. They have also been found to be helpful in type-2 diabetes, stomach ulcers, and intestinal ailments.


 


Some Chipotle Facts to Reckon With


Chipotle is not harmful; nevertheless, there are certain precautions to take while handling them.


  • Capsaicin can irritate eyes, throat, and hands while handling.

  • They tend to stick on your hands and hence washing hands well is advised.


 


To Eat or Not to Eat Chipotle


Well, chipotle works if you love that perfect mild heat, melting into smoky flavor. With all the added health benefits, it is worth the care that should be taken while handling too! So use chipotle in salsas, marinades, soups, stews and as accompaniment to lentils and beans and spice up your meals!


 


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