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Heat it Up!

Last night we made chicken parmigiana with an arrabiata sauce over pasta. The arrabiata sauce is a spicy Italian red sauce made with red bell peppers and crushed red peppers. Red peppers contain almost 300% of your daily Vitamin C intake, and have powerful anti-oxidant polyphenols, which give them strong disease-preventing properties. The capsaicin in hot peppers promotes circulation, which may prevent hardening of the arteries and reduce the risk of heart attack. They also have strong analgesic or pain-relieving and anti-=inflammatory qualities. Eating red peppers can increase libido and build collagen, which ensures beautiful skin. Red bell peppers are a great source of Vitamin B6 and magnesium, help support healthy night vision, and help to burn more calories. People who consume hot red peppers eat fewer total calories per day, and have diminished interest in food. Great for dieting! In the Winter, whenever I feel a cold coming on, I power down hot peppers to get a good sweat going and create a nice internal heat. Adding them to soup or other foods takes a lot of the 'bite' out of the peppers. Whichever way you consume them, red bells or crushed or whole peppers have a wealth of things that can make you healthier, and add a nice kick to sauces and foods which you find bland!

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