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USA: yesterday was the "National Chili Day"

The spicy dish par excellence, loved by 7 out of 10 Americans

Born in the United States, the Day celebrates the taste and tradition of an energetic and spicy dish, which over the years has strongly entered American pop culture and beyond. This dish has captured the interest of celebrities, politicians and singers, as well as being represented in films and TV series

From the legends of the 1700s that attributed the authorship of chili to the inhabitants of the Canary Islands, to the "Chili Queens" who in the 80s served the well-known dish in the military square of San Antonio to sell it to soldiers and cowboys (source Texas Monthly), up to arrive to 1977, the date on which the Texas legislature declared it to all intents and purposes the official state dish. These are some of the stages that have marked the history of chili, the spicy dish par excellence that is celebrated as every year on the occasion of the "National Chili Day". A dish that has effectively entered the American culinary tradition: just think that according to a research by the Denver Marketing Agency published in National Today, chili is adored by 68% of Americans. Eating spicy food such as chili, obviously moderating the quantities, represents an elixir of life: an American research by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health has in fact shown that those who consume spicy dishes every day have a 14% risk in less of incurring premature death than those who use it less than once a week. Chili is a dish that has also entered pop culture in all respects, being used as a prop in famous films and TV series: from "The Irishman" by Martin Scorsese, where the character of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) celebrates release of his friend Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) tasting a Chili Dog, in the ninth episode of the eighth season of "The Simpsons", where Homer takes part in a real hot chili fair held in Springfield chili was the favorite dish of Lieutenant Colombo, who in the 1970s TV series of the same name consumed it daily between police investigations.

A popularity that has also affected the social world: on Instagram there are over 3 million posts with the hashtag #Chili and 116 thousand those with the mention #ChiliCookOff, or the culinary events organized to prepare recipes based on chili. This is what emerges from a survey promoted by Espresso Communication for Marco Roveda - according to him, a pioneer of organic farming, who has created a line of fresh, ready-to-eat and easy-to-taste soups, also picking up the chili recipe. "The pound still remains one of the most famous dishes of American cuisine and is right to be celebrated with a special day to remember its importance - said Roveda -.

The “made in the USA” dish also caught the attention of the Obama family, who, as reported by ABC News, created an original chili-based recipe consisting of onions, green peppers, meat stew and red wine. And again, he stole the show on television thanks to the interest of numerous celebrities: from Adam Richman, presenter of Man vs Food who had the opportunity to taste chili while participating in the Firebrand Chili Challenge, to Ed Helms, actor of the franchise "Una The hangover ", who posted a photo on Instagram in which she cooked a pot of chili for the whole family, up to Britney Spears, who admitted to the microphones of People magazine that her favorite dish is the Chili Hot Dog. Also on a musical level, references are not lacking: just think of the song "The Chili Sauce", belonging to the Ice Cream Castles album by The Time group, and the song "Down in Mexico" by The Coasters group where the drinks are even more hot chili sauce Even Elvis Presley in his “You are the Boss” couldn't help but say “Oh Yeah” when chili sauce is used in the kitchen.

But that's not all, because adding chili in your diet has many advantages also for the immune system. From a research published on the Healthline portal it emerged that the dish is rich in vitamins, especially A and C, mineral salts and plant derivatives. These include capsaicin, a substance that helps promote weight loss and relieve pain when consumed on a regular basis. Furthermore, chili seems to help regulate the presence of sugar in the blood, reduce intestinal congestion and improve good mood. In short, a 360-degree dish that favors physical and mental well-being.

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