Smelling pepper: benefits and recipes

The sweet smelling pepper is delicious and full of health benefits. Here you will learn the most important things about this mouth-watering spice.

Check out what the benefits are, how to use it in food, what care is needed and even how to plant this pepper at home, free of pesticides and chemicals.

Well-known in Northeast Brazil, sweet pepper is a variety of pepper that is very tasty and aromatic. Its scientific name is Capsicum spp , and it is a plant that brings with it many of the benefits of the pepper class. It has a bell shape and yellow color when ripe. Before that, they are green.

In short, sweet pepper is only used for culinary purposes, but science has discovered several healthy benefits of this spice in recent years. So, check out the main proven benefits of this food.

Benefits of smelling pepper

Sweet pepper is a source of capsaicin, a healthy substance found in peppers. This property, together with the other substances in the composition of this pepper, compose a collection of benefits capable of improving health and preventing diseases.

Check out the science-proven benefits of smelling peppers below!

Improves metabolism and helps with weight loss

First, it is important to talk about the thermogenic effect that capsaicin promotes in the human body ( 1 , 2 , 3 ). This means that, when consuming the sweet pepper, the temperature in our body increases, as well as the metabolism is accelerated.

In addition to preventing obesity and improving several basic body functions, a good metabolism is also one of the keys to healthy weight loss. Regular consumption of pepper can bring benefits for weight loss, for example. But not only that!

In addition to the thermogenic effect and metabolic improvement, sweet pepper also contains pectin, a substance considered to be slimming by science ( 2 ). The study points out that the consumption of this substance is directly linked with the feeling of satiety .

In short, this means that by eating sweet pepper (or recipes that use this pepper), our stomach will be full faster and longer. Therefore, it can be an allied pepper in weight loss diets.

In addition, another study indicates that the composition of sweet pepper (as well as other types of pepper that have capsaicin and pectin) are hypoglycemic ( 3 ). This means that they lower the body’s glucose, which also reduces hunger.

It’s good for the digestion

It is very common to hear that those who suffer from stomach problems should not eat pepper, but that depends on each person’s problem. For example, those who have ulcers (or tend to develop this problem) should avoid the consumption of pepper, but it can be of great help in case of poor digestion , heartburn and bloating ( 4 ).

The sweet pepper, in addition to being tasty, has nutritional properties that stimulate the stomach to work better in digesting food. Furthermore, it stimulates the production of gastric juice, which acts as a facilitator in the digestion process.

prevents cancer

Another great benefit of sweet pepper is that it has a high antioxidant potential ( 1 , 2 ). This means that it has as one of its main healthy functions to inhibit the action of free radicals, malignant substances that hinder the healthy life cycle of cells and bring the risk of serious diseases such as cancer.

This benefit is the result of the broad medicinal composition of sweet pepper, composed of phenols, capsaicin, carotenoids, flavonoids, dihydrocapsaicin and other properties.

The main diseases that can be prevented by consuming food antioxidants are the C ancer, diabetes, hypertension , Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, premature aging and various degenerative diseases and / or autoimmune diseases.

treat body pain

The composition of the scented pepper also gives it an analgesic effect, ideal for mild to moderate pain. A study found this benefit when studying the effects of capsaicin on the human body ( 4 ).

Thus, moderate consumption of sweet pepper can relieve muscle pain and headaches, especially. However, seek medical attention if pain persists and bothers you.

Fight inflammation

Sweet pepper also has anti-inflammatory properties in its composition, capable of fighting mild inflammation ( 4 ). This benefit also has a bonus: the relief of pain in the lower back, shoulders and joints. These pains can be caused by small inflammations in the body.

lowers cholesterol

This natural product is also indicated for those people who find it difficult to control high cholesterol , as it fights LDL, known as bad cholesterol ( 2 ). This is all thanks to the pectin present in its composition, an excellent property for regulating excess cholesterol levels.

good for the eyes

The sweet pepper is rich in vitamin A, a substance essential for the health of eyes and vision ( 5 ). Furthermore, vitamin A is very important for the development of bones and muscles, being very important for the growth of young people.

Likewise, it is recommended for bodybuilders as it helps in the development of muscles .

Smell pepper preserves: Here’s how to make

The scented pepper pickle recipe is very famous and can be used as a seasoning for various recipes, both peppers and pickled stock, which can be used as a hot sauce for soups and broths. See how to prepare:

  1. First, sterilize a glass jar (with a lid) to keep the peppercorns preserved. Blanch in boiling water for 15 minutes and let it dry upside down. Wash the lid thoroughly with soap and running water. It is important that it is a glass jar and it is very clean, otherwise the preserve can spoil
  2. Cut the pepper stalks and wash in a mixture of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Rinse under running water. Use enough pepper to fill about 80% of the pot
  3. Then place the washed peppers in the pot, with the juice of 1/4 lemon, 1 level teaspoon of salt and complete the glass with white vinegar.
  4. Finally, cover tightly, shake to mix the ingredients and store in a dark place for 15 days
  5. That’s it, the pickled pepper can now be consumed!

Hot Smell Hot Sauce Recipe

Another famous recipe where the sweet pepper is the protagonist is the hot sauce. It is very simple and easy to prepare, in addition to going very well with toast, biscuits, grilled meats and salads. See how to do it:

  1. In a hot pan, add 1 drizzle of oil and saute 1 chopped onion. When the onion sweats (it turns yellow), add 4 crushed garlic cloves and 180 g of minced pepper. Saute
  2. Then season the stew with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of oregano and 80 ml of white vinegar (this amount corresponds to a little more than 1/ 2 cup). Keep stirring until the vinegar reduces
  3. After that, take it to a blender and blend the mixture, adding 3 tablespoons of oil little by little
  4. Ready! If you want a more uniform sauce, go through a sieve.

Is pepper smell bad? Care and contraindications

It depends. First of all, it is important to point out that sweet pepper can be very harmful if consumed in excess or by those who have stomach problems related to lesions and stomach acidity. On the other hand, it can bring several benefits if consumed regularly and in small amounts.

Also, there are people who are allergic to peppers. In this case, it is important to stay away from the sweet pepper, as its consumption can cause severe allergic reactions.

Therefore, it is important to ask a health specialist (doctors or nutritionists) whether or not you are authorized to consume sweet pepper. Through the results of clinical examinations, it is possible to identify if the regular consumption of sweet pepper is released to your body.

Learn how to grow sweet peppers at home

The sweet pepper is common in the Northeast because it is a hot and mild climate pepper. Therefore, it is important that you see what is the best time of year to plant at home . Avoid cold and rainy periods. Other than that, follow the instructions below to plant sweet peppers at home:

  1. In a medium-sized pot (approximately 60 cm in diameter) with natural or fertilized soil, place the sweet pepper seed and cover with a light layer of loose soil. keep in the shade
  2. Moisten the earth (with a sprinkler, preferably) and cover it with plastic wrap as it will help control water evaporation
  3. Every day, sprinkle some water and keep the plastic wrap until the seed germinates
  4. When germination occurs, which usually takes 10 to 15 days, remove the plastic wrap and continue to sprinkle water sparingly once a day. In this step, you should move the pot to a place where the plant receives some sunlight, but avoid places that are too exposed, as too much sun can kill the seedling.
  5. Maintain daily care and wait for the plant to grow and generate peppers. You can pick green ones and wait for them to ripen off the foot.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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