Monday, February 25, 2013

Picking Healthy Hot Peppers By J.J. Cook

Peppers are good for you
By J.J. Cook
author of That Old Flame of Mine 

Studies have shown that hot peppers are good for you. It doesn't matter if it's jalapeno, poblano, or cayenne. These little balls of fire can do all kinds of exciting, healthy things for you from burning extra calories to reducing risks for heart disease.

Hot peppers contain capsaicin which is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Besides that, they taste good! Not a hot pepper lover? Try adding a little spice to your popcorn or add to your chocolate dishes. Add some hot peppers to gravy with your favorite meat and potatoes dinner. Try some in your eggs or homemade cornbread. It's delicious!

Capsaicin is mostly found in the pepper’s seeds and ribs, but is also in the rest of the pepper too. 
Some people believe that hot peppers cause ulcers, but ulcer development has never been linked to hot peppers.

Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is home to the hottest, sweetest, peppers in the world! These are known as the Tennessee Teardrop Pepper. This is a very pretty plant too, and makes an excellent houseplant!

Tennessee Teardrops Hot Pepper HP868-20

That Old Flame of Mine is the first book in my new Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries. Look for it at bookstores and online April 2nd!

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