Paprika!


What is this paprika thing you speak of?

Paprika is a pepper, which is commonly sold as a powdered spice. It's from the same family as chili and bell peppers. My favourite form of paprika is smoked. Why? Taste paprika and then taste smoked paprika.... then you'll see why. In order to reap as much benefits as possible, try to use a sun-dried, and/or organic type that is not exposed to high temperatures that most commercially produced paprika often is.

Paprika is known to be high in vitamin C. Many people know of vitamin C as what you take when you have a cold. It's useful for MANY more things than just that, but that's another post completely. One reason why you should make sure that you get your paprika sun-dried is so that the delicate vitamin C is still good-to-go. Heat destroys vitamin C, so if you want to get some extra immune kick from your paprika, best be getting it sun-dried, 

Another benefit of paprika is capsaicin. Capsaicin is the phytochemical that makes this pepper taste hot. It's not quite as hot as its hot brother cayenne, but packs the same benefits without as much heat. Capsaicin is anti-inflammatory and can ease conditions like arthritis and joint pain. Truth be told, we have a lot of inflammation going on in our bodies due to allergens, pollution, and free radical damage. It's good to eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible! Capsaicin is also a thermogenic. When you eat spicy food they warm you up right? Thats what capsaicin does too. It helps to increase blood circulation thereby improving conditions like cold feet and hands.

Use paprika (or smoked paprika) to enhance flavors of meats, or to vegetarian/vegan bean and lentil dishes. It also tastes super yummy on devilled eggs!


Resources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/539058-the-benefits-of-paprika/
Photo credited to: http://honest-food.net


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am an RHN-Holistic Nutritionist. The health information contained herein is to share my knowledge and recipes. Any information provided is not intended to treat or cure any disease, or to replace any discussions with a health care provider. You, the reader, are personally responsible for ensuring the safe application of anything described herein. Read the Scope of Practice, as well as the Code of Ethics of an RHN-Holistic Nutritionist.






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