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Chilli has a load of health benefits. It can help weight loss, make digestion easier, and even works as a healthy form of pain relief. On top of all that, it's packed with vitamin C, so it's great for keeping your immune system healthy.
The only trouble is, for some people, the heat. Not everyone enjoys spicy food, which makes it difficult to eat chilli for its health benefits. In reality, an aversion to spiciness doesn't need to be a reason to miss out on this super-healthy ingredient – you just need to know how to mask the heat a bit. Follow these tips and you'll be enjoying chilli in all your dishes.
Go easy and keep tasting
With so many chilli varieties available, there's a huge range of different heat levels. Even the same type of chilli grown in different conditions can vary a bit, so it's best to take care if you don't like the spiciness.
Your first step should be to add it slowly to your cooking, tasting as you go. Once you start to notice the heat, you can either stop there or add a little more and then tone it down.
Add some creaminess
Creamy flavours are great for taking the edge of spicy dishes. Cream, yoghurt or other dairy work well, as does coconut cream, nut butter, and various plant-based alternatives to dairy.
You can add it in as you cook, or dollop some on top of the finished dish. It's also useful to have some yoghurt or cream on the table, in case you need to tone down the heat further.
Squeeze in some citrus
Citrus juice works really well at counteracting the effect of hot chilli. It's all to do with the acid and the way the two flavours interact when they reach your taste buds. Squeeze in some lemon or lime and taste the difference. You can also use vinegar for the same reason – apple cider vinegar works particularly well.
Increase the flavours
If chilli is one of the main spices in your dish – or the only one – the flavour is going to come through strongly. Create a more complex flavour profile by adding more herbs and spices, and you won't notice the heat so much.
Sweeten things up
Although it doesn't work in every dish, a bit of sweetness is very effective at reducing spicy flavours. Honey, maple syrup, or just plain sugar can all be used to sweeten your food, and it's popular in many forms of Eastern cooking.
For more information on how to use and where to buy chilli, contact a professional.