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Is Cayenne pepper a superfood? Find out what the experts say, get serving sizes, and health concerns

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Perspective from Luciana M. Cherubin

Possible Side Effects

  • Individuals with gastrointestinal diseases should not consume cayenne pepper.

Quantity Recommendation

  • Cayenne pepper can be used daily in food or drinks. For those who cannot tolerate the taste of cayenne pepper but want to take advantage of its benefits, there are supplements in the form of capsules that you can buy in specialized stores.

Perspective from Vilte Puisyte

Possible Side Effects

  • Eating too much of cayenne pepper can cause side effects, such as an upset stomach or heartburn. If you are sensitive to spice, you may also feel an uncomfortable burning sensation in your mouth.
  • Cayenne pepper may also interact with certain medications, such as: blood thinners, aspirin, antacids and ACE Inhibitors.

Quantity Recommendation

  • A single serving of cayenne pepper is 1 tbsp (7g) and contains 17kcal, 0.6g of protein, 0.9g of fat, 3g of carbohydrates and 1.4g of fibre. Cayenne pepper is safe to consume everyday in moderation. 
Story by Luciana M. Cherubin, Bachelor in Nutrition and Vilte Puisyte, BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition/BSc (Hons) Food Science and Engineering/MSc Business with Entrepreneurship • 27 Nov 2022

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