Green Chillies vs Red Chillies: Which one is better and why?

When it comes to Indian food, one thing it is filled with is spices. We can do without anything, but not without our chillies. Read below to find out how green chilli is different from red chilli.

Updated on Nov 07, 2019   |  05:49 PM IST  |  1.6M
Green Chillies vs Red Chillies: Which one is better and why?
Green Chillies vs Red Chillies: Which one is better and why?

When it comes to Indian food, one thing that's constant in every Indian dish is chilli. Be it a snack item like Pani Puri, a Chinese item like noodles or Biryani, spices always top the list in India cuisines. People across the globe consider Indian food as one of the spiciest food. We love our chillies and are proud of it. The spices that we use not only add flavour to our dishes, but it also makes them tastier.

Chillies not only add flavour to our food, but they are also loaded with essential minerals and vitamins. There are two kinds of chillies found commonly in our households - green chillies and red chillies (mostly in the powder form). And lately, people have been arguing over which one is better than the other. And if you are someone who has the same argument, then here are some major differences that make them different. Read below to find out how green chilli is different from red chilli. 

Difference between Green Chilli and Red Chilli:

Green chillies which are added in the dishes are more healthy in comparison to red chilli- which is often used as powder. Green chillies have higher water content and zero calories which makes them a good option for people who are trying to lose weight. They are packed with antioxidants and endorphins. 

Red chillies when consumed in excess causes internal inflammation and that results in ulcers. Red chilli is consumed in the powder form, and the chances of synthetic colours used in the powder are high. 

Benefits of Red Chillies: 

1. Good source of vitamin C

Red chillies are filled with vitamin C which helps us strengthen the immune system and helps the body to fight diseases. 

2. Helps to maintain heart health

Antioxidants in red chillies help in removing blockages in blood vessels and arteries.

3. Fat burner

Red chilli powder is packed with a compound called capsaicin, which increases the body's metabolism rate and burns fat. 

4. Maintains blood pressure

Red chilli has high potassium content that helps in regulating blood pressure levels. 

Benefits of Green Chillies: 

1. Aids better digestion

Green chillies are packed with dietary fibre, which helps with constipation and thereby, eases the bowel movements. 


2. Aids weight loss

Green chillies contain no calories and help in burning calories by speeding up the metabolism. And this aids to weight loss. 

3. Good for skin

Green chillies are packed with vitamin E and vitamin C, which make them a good spice option for healthy skin. 

4. Heart friendly

Green chillies contain beta-carotene, which helps in maintaining the cardiovascular system and also help in boosting immunity.

Green Chilli or Red Chilli, Which one is better?

Certain studies have claimed that green chillies are a healthier option for people trying to lose weight while maintaining their overall health. Being low in calories and high in water content, they work wonders on the body.

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