Desert Foods for Healthy Living


Chiles are rich sources of chromium, a mineral needed by the body in small amounts because it helps process sugar. Diets high in processed foods and excess sugar deplete chromium stores, contributing to insulin resistance and diabetes. A diet that includes chiles and bell peppers, as well as tomatoes, and greens, can increase chromium levels, improving the body’s ability to handle sugar.

It is hard not to incorporate chile into the diet in the Southwest. Dozens of varieties of fresh and dried chiles are readily available. They love to grow in the hot, dry conditions of the Southwest and are a good addition to any garden.

Recipe guide for chiles (pdf)

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