Food & Beverage

Feb 1, 2017


Indian cuisine is well known for the spices used. In this month's edition, Your Vip Partner presents some of the spicy benefits, and particularly from chilli.

It is a case to say that it may be strange, but everyone can easily learn to like it, especially when realized the benefits associated with using chilli in food. Some say that consuming spicy helps prevent serious illnesses and even to have a beautiful skin.

The University of Vermont, United States of America (USA), recently published a study indicating that chilli consumption may be associated with a longer life. Between the years 1988 and 1999, about 16,000 Americans participated in this study. In 19 years, about 34% of the participants died. However, the percentage drops to 22% when the data refer only to those who regularly consumed chilli peppers. According with the results obtained, the lower risk of death may have to do with the consumption of the active compound of chilli, the "capsaicina". According with Benjamin Litternberg, one of the study's authors, this compound may reduce inflammations. Although the benefit of spicy consumption is associated more and more with longevity, the secret may be a balanced and, above all, healthy diet.

Rich flavours

Indian cuisine is well known for its rich and, above all, spicy flavours. In India are produced several types of chillies, with various colours and flavours. It is an indispensable spice in most of the domestic or professional kitchens. It is easy to find it available in various sizes or intensities, with around 400 varieties around the world. The chilli was introduced in India after the arrival of the Portuguese navigator and explorer, Vasco da Gama, in the "Discoveries" period. The favourable climate has made it easy to produce in places such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat or Kashmir.

Today it is practically impossible to cook without using any spice, because it has become an important source of colour and flavour. The red chilli itself gives a warm touch to the well-known curry dishes and is widely used in sauces. It is an important source of vitamin C, magnesium, fibre, vitamin B6, iron or potassium, and it has antioxidants that help to control, for example, cholesterol.

Besides the place spices took around the kitchen, they can also be used for medical purposes or in skin a beauty care. An ointment mixing ground pepper can stimulated blood flow at a certain body area affected by pain. Ayurvedic medicine, in its turn, often uses the properties of the chilli to promote digestion or soothe sore throats. If combined with coriander seeds and ginger, this spice can help relieve abdominal pain or nausea.

AB Mauri

Red chilli is one of the spices marketed by AB Mauri, which is part of Associated British Foods plc. This company exports many spices to several countries. They have processing facilities in Cochin, India, which are certified by international standards of food safety and quality. It was even awarded with an "Excellent" rating by the American Institute of Bakers. AB Mauri is dedicated to the processing of spices according with the requirements and needs of each client, developing unique blends and spices.

Republic of India

Republic of India is an Asian country, with capital in New Delhi. It has the second largest population in the world, whose primacy is occupied by the China Popular Republic, standing out for the cultural diversity regarding the language, culture and religion. The most common itinerary to visit this country is known as "golden triangle", consisting of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur cities. The food is markedly spicy and internationally known for this same feature. Most of the population is vegetarian, and the dishes are mainly based on marinated vegetables and, of course, spicy.

Contacts * * * Tel. +91 484 2413068 *

AB Mauri India Pvt. Ltd., Plot No.24, Cochin Special Economic Zone (CSEZ), Kakkanad, Cochin – 682 037, India

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