CHILLICOTHE, Ireland (Reuters) – The chillis and the pepper are on the menu at some of Ireland’s best-known restaurants, and Irish food aficionados are embracing the spice as an easy way to cut calories and lower the cholesterol.
But it may be hard to taste the difference between the two.
Cinnamon, ginger and garlic are also in the news, with some people saying they are making the switch to healthier alternatives, and it is not a simple one.
But a recent poll of over 300 Irish people found the public’s appetite for spicy foods was growing.
And while there are plenty of places to enjoy a hot curry, the popularity of chilli, a hot sauce made from chili peppers, has surged.
The popularity of the spice, which is made from dried red chili peppers and contains a combination of cinnamon, ginger, garlic and salt, has jumped since the UK banned it in 2004.
The Irish government has said it wants to see the number of chillis imported increase and to encourage the use of healthier options, such as sugar-free, low-fat products.
The use of chillies in Ireland has surged in recent years, but the government has not done much to encourage its use.
Coffee shops and restaurants are stocking the chilli in larger quantities, and restaurants in the capital, Dublin, are also offering it at discounted prices.
There is a big increase in demand from people who are looking for a health-conscious alternative, said Brian Murphy, a nutritionist and nutrition consultant from Clonmel, Co Limerick.
“There are more people eating healthier alternatives than ever before,” he said.
“But it is still not widespread, so it is important we give people options.”
The popularity is not new.
A decade ago, Guinness launched a coffee-and-chili-spicy-coffee-beverage line.
The drinks have a sweet taste, with a splash of cinnamon and a hint of ginger.
There is also a splash or two of ginger and cinnamon.
The brand also makes a range of other coffee-based drinks including a smoothie, a milkshake and a coffee drink.
It has since expanded into the drinks market, selling to Starbucks Coffee, McDonalds, McDonald’s Ireland, Subway, Starbucks, Coca-Cola and others.
In the United States, McDonald Co’s restaurants have been offering the drink at some prices, and Starbucks is selling a variety of it at prices between $1.75 and $3 a glass.
But the government does not make it mandatory to have chillies on the table.
Its position is to encourage people to have a healthy and varied diet, but also to reduce consumption of refined sugars and fat, and promote the use and use of plant-based foods.
The new products are being rolled out at restaurants in Dublin and Limerick and on TV and radio shows.
“The government has given a green light to use chilli as an alternative to sugar,” said Michael Murphy, chief executive of the Irish Vegetarian Society.
“That is fantastic news for those people who do not want to go to the trouble of buying a bag of sugar-coated cookies.”
It’s a great step forward for the industry and for people who want to make healthier choices.
“The new drinks are being sold in a number of Irish supermarkets and supermarkets have announced they will sell them.
One popular drink is the “Dry-Dry Chilli” which has a sweet, cinnamon taste and a squeeze of ginger, while the other is the Irish coffee-to-coffeemaker.
But some of the new drinks, such the coffee-butter drink, are not suitable for consumption.”
I have tried some of these drinks but I don’t like them at all,” said Irish food consultant and food blogger John Murphy.”
Some of them taste so sweet, you taste it before you get the taste.
They are not a drink I would eat at all.
“The Irish National Food Council has been pushing for a ban on chillies and chilli-flavored food.
It also urges people to consider their own health.”
We want people to think about their diet and what they are putting into their body,” said Joanne McElwee, the council’s general manager for health and well-being.”
People need to understand that if they are eating a healthy diet they will not get a chilli or chili-flavoured meal.
“A spokesperson for Guinness said the drinks are not “healthier” than the other foods being offered and would not be on the market for more than a year.(Reporting by Brendan O’Connor in Dublin; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)