The study also found that frequent consumers of spicy foods show a lower risk of death from cancer, heart or respiratory diseases.
The most commonly used spices among the participants in the study were fresh and dried chili peppers. It is important to remember that fresh peppers and spices can have health benefits, but spicy fast foods, condiments, and other foods high in sugar, fat, and preservatives, are not healthy.
“Peppers, like most vegetables, have antioxidants,” says Rhianon Condello, nutritionist at the Rochester Regional Health. “This helps with cancer prevention and oxidative stress on arteries.”
Oxidative stress is an imbalance within your blood that can lead to diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Thus, eating fresh peppers can contribute to a longer, healthier life, explains Condello.
It is from this perspective that ’Manthati Mafisa, 29, of Ha Moolisa, Maputsoe in Leribe, together with her mother, developed the idea of producing canned chilies to help consumers to build a stronger immune system, especially during the trying times of COVID-19 - a virus said to favour cold temperatures. The unemployed graduate of the Lerotholi Polytechnic, holding a Diploma in Business Management is of the opinion that unemployed youth should venture into small businesses to make a living.
“You don’t need a lot of money to start a small business. After we came up with our special recipe which includes some herbs and other ingredients to produce Sabby’s Hot Chilies, the next task was collecting empty fruit bottles and that’s how the business began. I started by selling 10 bottles and then 20 through the use of WhatsApp and within a few days, my chilies were selling like fat-cakes.