Good health usually means longer life. Now that I know this, I feel like (most) folks here in El Paso are looking at long, looooong lifetimes.

In El Paso, jalapenos come with everything. Seriously, our jalapenos come with jalapenos on them. It's the official snack of El Paso and it goes with anything.

From nachos, to dips, fresh or grilled, cooked into thing or just sprinkled on; you really can't go wrong with these little green guys.

We even make candy out of them, they're THAT good. Unless you don't like spicy food, then ... well ... you're out of luck here.

Jalapenos have all kinds of things going for them. Beside being downright tasty, they're loaded with health benefits.

In general, peppers are low in calories, fat and sugar/carbohydrates without skimping on the flavor. They’re also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which are important for the functioning of nearly all the systems and tissues in our bodies. -

They can have a bite though and some are hotter than others, here's how to pick the hottest ones. They can really liven up a meal and can also really light you up so, choose wisely.

The ingredient that gives them their kick, capsaicin, is also good for you as it reduces high blood pressure, ups good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol. It also has high antioxidant levels which may protect against certain diseases and can raise probiotics.

They're also loaded with vitamin A which is great for your vision, immune system, reproductive health, growth and development; as well as heart, lungs, and other organs.

So, go ahead ... chop 'em up and sprinkle 'em all over your salad, grill 'em to go with your steak, put them in your soup or; what the hell ... just eat one raw.

Your melting taste buds may not like you much ... after all, capsaicin is the main ingredient in pepper sprays ... but your body will.

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