In Mexico it is unthinkable to sit in a restaurant and not find a rich green salsa, a habanero salsa or “drunk” salsa (a popular salsa made with beer served mild or hot), among others on the table. The reason? Chili has been a part of Mexican families diet for over 500 years, making it elemental to their palate.
If you usually don’t eat spicy food in your country, don’t worry, in Mexico you’ll always find a spicy salsa and mild salsa. So you if you are brave and decide to eat a taco with a little bit of the mild salsa you can still brag to friends that you ate like a good Mexican.
What effect does chili have on your health?
- It promotes circulation, helps break blood clots and lowers blood pressure.
- It helps the healing process and produces a natural analgesic to reduce swelling.
- It contains vitamin A and C as well as iron accentuating properties.
- Releases endorphins that will naturally make you feel happy.
- Beneficial against prostate cancer and especially beneficial against lung and pancreatic cancer.
- Reduces migraines and headaches.
What do you do if you eat something too spicy?
In the Yucatan Peninsula, habanero chili is always on the table. Considered one of the most spicy peppers in the world, you should be very careful when eating it… but what do you do if you go head to head with this salsa and the heat is too much?
- Drink a glass of cold milk or eat some cheese.
- Eat something sweet, anything sweet that you can find.
- Eat a piece of bread.
- Never drink something hot as this will only further inflame your taste buds.
Now you are ready to experiment a little with the heat and find out if you’ve put too much salsa on your tacos. Welcome to Mexico!
Written by Magally Vite. Translated by Jessica Garcia.