The jalapeno is a medium-sized chili pepper pod type cultivar of the species Capsicum annuum.
Once picked, individual peppers may turn to red of their own accord.The peppers can be eaten green or red. Though usually grown as an annual they are perennial and if protected from frost can produce during multiple years, as with all Capsicum annuum.
Compared to other chilies, the jalapeno heat level varies from mild to hot depending on cultivation and preparation and can have from a few thousand to over 10,000 Scoville heat units.
Many report these Benefits
Can Promote Weight Loss. Research suggests that jalapenos may promote weight loss by boosting metabolism, increasing fat burn and reducing appetite.
Can Help Prevent Stomach Ulcers. While it is commonly believed that spicy foods can aggravate stomach ulcers, research suggests that capsaicin may protect the stomach from ulcers.
Help Fight Infections. Jalapenos and other spicy chilis contain compounds that can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and yeasts that cause infectious diseases.
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