Chipotle Facts

Chipotle Facts
Chipotle is a jalapeno that has been smoke-dried. Most chipotle chillies are grown in Chihuahua, Mexico. These chipotle are known as morita, and the majority of the chipotle in the United States are morita. In southern and central Mexico the most common chipotle chillies are chilli meco, which are also known as tipico or chili ahumado. Chipotle are usually processed and sold as powder, pods, concentrated base, adobo (wet meat marinade), and in a can. Chipotles are commonly used in Mexican cuisine, Tex-Mex, and southwestern dishes. Chipotle chillies are believed to have many health benefits when consumed regularly.
Interesting Chipotle Facts:
Most chipotle chillies (jalapenos) are left to dry on the plant. They turn bright red when left on the plant long enough, and then they are harvested and smoke-dried for several days.
Chipotle chillies have been gaining popularity around the world, increasing their demand and availability.
Chipotle chillies contain substances that are believed to help reduce the chances of developing pancreatic, lung, and prostate cancer partly because of the chemical capsaicin. Capsaicin causes cell suicide in cancerous cells, and may shrink some tumors as well.
Chipotle, which contains capsaicin, can help people suffering from diabetes as it helps to manage insulin levels. This is especially true for people with type 2 diabetes in helping to reduce blood sugar spikes and drops throughout the day.
Some people believe that chipotle helps to stimulate the use of fat for energy instead of storage in the body, which can help a person lose weight.
Chipotle has been shown to increase a person's metabolism after eating, which can help in burning more energy. This may be helpful not only in losing weight but keeping it off.
Chipotle has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. This may be helpful for people suffering from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Some people have found that special creams made with chipotle or other chilli powder help to reduce painful inflammation of joints and muscles when applied to the skin.
Chipotle helps the body to fight off disease as it boosts the immune system.
Chipotle chillies have a high fiber content, which make them helpful for digestion.
Chipotle chillies are believed to help fight against bone deterioration.
Because of the vitamin A content in chipotle chillies they may help to fight against cataracts, and other types of eye sight degeneration.
Chipotle chillies have many health benefits but they are also very hot. For people who cannot eat spicy foods chipotle chillies may not be a good dietary choice.
The heat in chipotle chillies can be irritating to people with digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, heartburn, and indigestion.
Chipotle chillies are believed to help prevent cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.
Chipotle chillies can also help the body absorb more of other nutrients from other foods.
The heat of a chipotle chilli is similar to the heat of Guajillo chilli, Hungarian wax pepper, Anaheim pepper, and the Espelette pepper.
On the Scoville scale (measurement of heat in a food), the chipotle registers between 3,000 and 10,000 SHUs.

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