Scotch Bonnet is a type of chili pepper, and there’s no shortage of reasons to eat peppers. Like most plants, they come loaded with vitamin C, various B vitamins, and minerals such as manganese, potassium and iron. Hot peppers in particular have been studied for the possible anti-inflammatory effects of their capsaicin (the chemical that makes them spicy).
One of the Hottest Hot Peppers
Scotch bonnet peppers are one of the hottest peppers available (coming in just behind the widely-feared habanero), so use with caution. That also means you’re getting a hefty dose of capsaicin, which could potentially boost your immune health and may even help protect against certain cancers (source).
Paleo and Autoimmune Protocol
There is a downside. Peppers are nightshades, and although that doesn’t cause a problem for most of us, they can cause inflammation and digestive issues in some people. The best way to determine if you’re sensitive to nightshades is to eliminate them from your diet for a time (at least a month), then slowly reintroduce them and note how they make you feel.