The Hush Post: Which one do you like – green or red? And when it comes to chillies, one wonders , which one is better? Born as green, when they are dried, they turn red, lose all water and become more pungent and sharp in taste. As chillies dry up and become red, they lose most of the vitamins.
Green chillies contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, copper, potassium, iron, proteins, and carbohydrates. Their main component is capsaicin, which give them the sharp taste. Green chillis are also rich in vitamin D which helps to recover cuts or wounds faster.
Green chillies tackle high blood sugar levels, help in better digestion, are rich in vitamin E & vitamin C so good for skin, and good for the heart because of the considerable proportion of beta-carotene in green chillies.
However, red chillies help in absorbing iron, they burn calories as they produce heat in the body just like the heat generated due to exercise and are used for relieving
Congestion when suffering from cold. They are very powerful antioxidants that clear blockages in the arteries or blood vessels.
Yet green chillies have an edge over red chilli powder –one, almost all red chilli powders available in the market have artificial colour added to them. Second, overuse of red chillies can cause peptic ulcers. Third, green chillies are raw and have more water and fibre content.
Whichever you use according to your choice and taste, use them in moderation, that is the key to get the benefits of both.