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Feeling hot hot hot

Nutrition Editor Eve Kalinik warmly receives the health benefits of chilli
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Chilli peppers have been celebrated in cuisines the world over, from the fiery Scotch bonnet, a mainstay in Caribbean food, to the smoky chipotle in Mexican fare and the infamous bird’s-eye, typically found in Thai and Southeast Asian dishes. Chillies exist in a vast array of types, hybrids and level of heat, which is measured in Scoville heat units (SHU), with all peppers deriving from the capsicum species. And even though they exert a fiery hotness on the palate, they may have some more soothing qualities from a health perspective.

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