Pepper, Cayenne

Pepper, cayenne

Pepper, cayenne

Cayenne peppers are mostly used in cooking hot-spicy dishes. They can be used fresh and finely chopped or ground in a blender for adding to chilies, curries, or other spicy recipes. Cayenne pepper is usually sold as a powder or in a thin, vinegar-based sauce (hot sauce). It is generally rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville Units. When young and green, they are less hot. The hotness produced by cayenne peppers is caused by its high concentration of a substance called capsaicin. Technically referred to as 8-methyul-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide, capsaicin has been widely studied for its pain-reducing effects, its cardiovascular benefits, and its ability to help prevent ulcers. Capsaicin also effectively opens and drains congested nasal passages. We could not find any nutritional information for whole cayenne peppers; however, you can see the full nutritional chart for ground cayenne pepper. 

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About Kimberly Hosler

An ethical vegan since June 2007, Kimberly is a NYS licensed Massage Therapist & a Director at All-Creatures. She serves as the current VP of the Albany Vegan Network and is the Founder & President of the Albany Vegan Lady Gang. She also enjoys volunteering at local Farm Sanctuaries. She lives in Upstate NY with her two kitties and senior blind yorkie and she also has two grown human children.

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