Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet since 7500 BC in the Americas. There are many different types of chili peppers, ranging in size, color and flavor, from sweet all the way to flaming hot. Chili peppers are commonly added to various dishes in fresh, dried, or powdered form, as well as being canned or pickled for preservation. A popular and creative use of chili peppers is the craft of hot sauce preparation. Chilies are commonly used in curries in Asian cuisine. Chili peppers can be sweet, unpredictable, but usually are quite hot.
Chili peppers are extremely healthy for the body. They have a range of health benefits; chili peppers can help lower blood pressure, lower the risk of diabetes, prevent sinus issues, dull headaches and even help prevent cancer. Chili peppers also contain vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and iron. The natural benefits to our health is mainly due to the highly antioxidant chemical, Capsaicin, within the pepper; not only does it benefit the body, it is also responsible for the spicy flavor.