Poblano peppers are a type of hot pepper that are not very hot. They rank relatively low on the Scoville scale and are often sold dried as ancho chile powder.
The Health Benefits
Like all hot peppers, poblanos have capsaicin, which is what makes them spicy. Capsaicin has been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects and may even be able to help prevent certain cancers.
Poblanos also come loaded with vitamins A and C, putting them squarely in the category of a nutrient-dense food that can absolutely be included as part of a healthy Paleo lifestyle. Mark Sisson even labeled hot peppers a smart fuel.
Paleo and Autoimmune Protocol
Peppers are nightshades though, so you might want to be careful. Although most of us can eat all the peppers we want without any negative effects, some people experience inflammation and digestive issues after eating them. If you’re not sure if you might be sensitive to nightshades, the best way to find out is by eliminating them from your diet for at least a month before slowly reintroducing them to see how they make you feel.