Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy Food > Vegetables Updated 01 March 2013 Chillies Chillies help fight pain, temporarily increases the metabolism and eases nasal congestion. 0 Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » Chillies help fight pain, temporarily increases the metabolism and eases nasal congestion. It can also discourage blood clots and stimulate the circulation. It can be a digestive aid and have anti-inflammatory effects. The hotter the chilli, the higher the capsaicin content. Chillies can be eaten raw or cooked or in chilli sauce. Be careful not to eat very hot chillies inadvertently, as you will definitely regret it.Chillies contain capsaicin, which is the source of the chilli's heat. They are mostly concentrated in the seeds and ribs. Chillies can burn your mouth and stomach, so it is not wise to eat too much of them, as constant irritation of the stomach may increase your risk of developing stomach cancer. Calories 20 Fibre 1,6g Potassium 220mg Vitamin C 120mg Per 100g More in Diet and nutrition Are you eating enough 'powerhouse' vegetables? More: Healthy FoodVegetables advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.