Afterword

ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Eat chillies, lose weight?

"Eat me and you will be happy, beautiful, and rich"
It is a well known fact that our bodies secrete endorphins when we eat chillies. Endorphins, which are natural opioids, make us slightly euphoric. Considering the amount of ema consumed in Bhutan, this might be one of the secrets behind Bhutan's high scores in happiness surveys...

But now there's even more good news regarding chillies: They can help reduce weight. Recent research has found that adding cayenne pepper to a meal will curb the appetite, as well as burn more calories (especially if one is not used to eating spicy!). So the next time chilips are envious of thin Bhutanese who are consuming endless amounts of rice, just direct them to the ema datsi bowl...