The Sirtfood Bird’s-Eye Chillies contain the major sirtuin-activating nutrients Luteolin and Myricetin.
Bird’s-eye chillies(sometimes referred to as ‘Thai chillies’) are one of the top 20 Sirtfoods and appear regularly in the receipe sections(here and here) of this website. If you are not used to spicy food, it is suggested you start with half the chilli amount stated in the receipe, as well as deseeding your chilli before use. You can adjust the heat to your preference throughout the diet.
Chilli originated in the Americas and has been part of the human diet since at least 7500 BC. Explorer Christopher Columbus brought it back to Spain in the 15th century and its cultivation spread rapidly through the rest of the world. Its pungent heat is designed as a plant defence mechanism to cause discomfort and dissuade predators from feasting on it, yet many relish adding it to their eating patterns.
There are more than 200 varieties, coloured anything from yellow to green to red to black, and varying in heat from mildly warm to mouth-blisteringly hot.
Bird’s- Eye Chillies boast much greater sirtuin-activating credentials than the milder standard chillies that are more commonly used.
Bird’s-Eye chillies are known for weight reducing qualities. They can play a key role in increasing the metabolism of the body by increasing your body temperature. Faster metabolism, proper digestion and waste expulsion, can decrease the chance of fat accumulation in the body.
The chemical compound present in Bird’s-Eye chilli which results in the burning sensation is called Capsaicin. The effects of this compound can vary among individuals. However, most common is a burning sensation of the mouth, throat, and stomach upon ingestion.
It’s not just the heat of chillies but the way they enhance the flavours of other ingredients.