The poblano pepper has a wonderfully earthy appeal, somewhere between a banana pepper and jalapeno in heat capacity. Mexican chefs showcase it in the delicious chile relleno dish so beloved around the world. Eat up, because this potent pepper packs a powerful punch when it comes to nutrients and health benefits. The tingling feeling you get from eating poblano peppers goes all the way to your toes when you realize it helps fight cancer, promotes weight loss and elevates your immune system.
Although often eaten with heavier fare, a poblano pepper only has 48 calories. So, it's no mystery that it's a great addition to a low-fat diet. When you want to lose weight fast, low calories are just one benefit from this pepper. Capsaicin, which gives poblano and other peppers their heat, is associated with weight loss, appetite suppression, and a faster metabolism. It might even have properties that help prevent obesity.
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