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April’s Healthy Food of the Month is Green Chilis!

    Health Benefits of Green Chilis

Chili peppers, also known as chilis or chiles, are botanically classified as berries and found in different shapes and colors.

These peppers contain capsaicin and capsaicinoids that contribute to the flavor and aroma of the pepper. They were used by ancient Mayans and Aztecs for their medicinal properties and today, capsaicin is used to treat pain and inflammation.

Chili peppers are believed to have originated in Central America and Mexico. Varieties include green and yellow chilis, jalapeños, serranos, habaneros and ghost peppers. Green/yellow chilis are usually mild and are used in many cuisines to add spice and flavor without “heat.”

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