The Top 10 Healthy Reasons to Eat Chili

Updated on March 17, 2016

You may think of chili as greasy and unhealthy but that just isn't true. Most of today's chili recipes are packed with nutrients that are good for you and chili can be part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

The next time you need a reason to make chili, just come back here and read these reasons again. Because yes, eating chili can be healthy for you. So why not go find your favorite recipe and make a big pot of homemade chili as soon as you can?

1. Protein

The meat in your chili is an excellent source of protein and if you make your chili with beans, you have a great second source of it too. Even if you make vegetarian chili with beans, it can be a great source of protein.

2. Fiber

You need fiber in your diet and the chilies, peppers, and beans in this dish are excellent sources of it. Fiber not only works to help keep you regular but it also slows the rate at which sugar is absorbed into your body.

If you're a diabetic, this will be really good for you because it keeps your blood glucose level from rising and falling too quickly.

3. Vitamin C

The peppers—even bell peppers—that go into chili are an excellent source of vitamin C and we all know that vitamin C is really good for your body.

The tomatoes and tomato paste that you use are also an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to improve your body's immune system and can work to help keep you healthy.

4. Iron

The iron in the beans in your chili is really good for you. A lot of people don't get enough iron in their daily diet.

5. Capsicum

I bet you didn't know this, but a big bowl of chili can help you lose weight. Yes, you read that right.

The capsicum found in the chilies and the peppers used to season your chili will raise your body's metabolic rate thereby raising heat production. Even sweet red peppers can do this. So what are you waiting for, go grab another bowl of that delicious homemade chili.

6. Endorphins and Serotonin

I bet you didn't know that chili can make you happy, did you? Chilies can cause your body's endorphin and serotonin levels to go up, sometimes significantly.

The capsicum is the trigger. This can make your mood better, making you feel better all around.

7. Reduces Sugar and Fat Cravings

The capsicum in the peppers and chilies can also help to lower your cravings for fatty and sweet foods. So go ahead! Tonight, make that big pot of chili and have a bowl or two.

8. Immune System Boost

The chilies and peppers are filled with vitamin A and vitamin C, which can help boost the immune system.

Vitamin A is really good for you during the cold and flu season.

9. Regulate Blood Sugar

Chili can help to regulate your body's blood sugar after you eat it since chili peppers can lower your body's sugar levels and the amount of insulin your body needs.

10. Clears Congestion

The capsicum in chilies increases mucous production, which can help to clear congestion. So the next time you feel a cold coming on, make a big pot of chili and enjoy several bowls because guess what? Chili and the ingredients in it are healthy for you.


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      Weston phiri 7 months ago

      It's really been a great source of health to me and my family

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      Marvin tucker 2 years ago

      I love peppers

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      bobo 5 years ago

      endorphin and serotonin levels go up!!! LIKE MDMA! That's why I eat chilli before hitting the clubs. ;)

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      Twila Nelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Thank you for an informational Hub on the ways that chili can keep us healthy and happy. The nutrition in these ingredients are the things that keep us looking young, feeling young and living longer.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes chili can be good for you. Why not go to

      and make the best chili you will ever eat.

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      Michael Adams1959 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Glad I made such a big pot of chili yesterday!

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      wicklesscandles 7 years ago

      Wow, it so good to know that my chili is so good for you. What a great list. It's time to cook up some chili.