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Are Hot Peppers Good for You?

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Ask the Diva: Are Hot Peppers Bad for You?

Q. I try to eat a healthy diet but I add hot peppers to almost all my meals. Can you clarify if this is bad for me?

A. Assuming you don’t have any problems with your stomach (such as GERD or gastritis) that might be exacerbated by hot peppers, eating hot peppers is not bad for you. In fact, in addition to being high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, the capsaicin they contain has anti-inflammatory benefits.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.