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Red chili powder

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Chili peppers are members of the capsicum family and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There are over two hundred different types of chilies grown in all parts of the tropics. Indigenous to central and South America and the West Indies, they are cultivated in India, Mexico, China, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. Chilies have little aroma but vary in taste from mild to fiery hot. Chili peppers are usually red or green in color. Red chili, Cayenne, habañero, chipotle, jalapeño, anaheim and ancho are just some of the popular varieties available. 

Red chili peppers are used in cuisines around the world and spice up many savory dishes. They enhance the bland flavor of staple foods in India and Southeast Asia, Mexico and South America. After being harvested, red chilies are dried in the sun and may be left whole, crushed into flakes, or ground into powder. Chili peppers are used as a food and seasoning and revered for their medicinal qualities. (*Do not touch the eyes or any cuts when handling red chilies.) 

Nutritional Profile: Red chili peppers contain beta-carotene, are a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of iron and potassium. 

Yoga/Holistic benefits: Red chili aids is weight loss, fights inflammation in the body and boosts the body’s immunity to fight diseases 

NOTE: Red chili peppers in any form should be used in very small quantities for their yoga/health benefits and should not be consumed in excess

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