Fresh or dried, chilli adds a lot of zing to your meals which makes a diet dinner suddenly come alive. Research says it can boost your metabolism too so your body burns more for a couple of hours afterwards. How much to eat? There’s little guidance in the research but I’d guess enough to warm your mouth nicely for 20 minutes after eating. It won’t hurt and does a lot of good. If you can’t stand chilli, you can do the same with black pepper, horseradish, hot mustard or wasabi – go gently until you’re used to these oral irritants.
1 red pod, 20g 30 kJ/7 Cals