Health Benefits 101: BELL PEPPERS

Growing up, I used to be not fond of eating bell peppers. I would always set them aside from my plate whenever I eat a dish with bell peppers in it. I find them colorful but I really don’t find the taste very appealing. Gradually, I tried to not refrain from it anymore – until I became used to it and realized that bell peppers are not just on the dish to add some color. They really put a whole lot of flavor and dimension to a certain dish! Plus, knowing their nutritional benefits want me to splurge on them more! Bell peppers are some of the most versatile vegetables available, no matter where you go in the world. They make a delicious sauté with onions, or they may be added to salads, soups and casseroles. They can also be stuffed, lightly grilled, added to a simple and delicious dip or simply sliced for a fresh, flavorful and crunchy snack.

Some people are confused on whether bell peppers are a vegetable or fruit. Bell peppers are actually fruits and so are cucumbers, green beans and red chilies! The bell pepper is the only member of the Capsicum family that does not produce capsaicin which is known to cause a burning sensation. Hence, bell peppers are fruits in a botanical sense, they are considered vegetables in a culinary context.

What is a Bell Pepper?

Red bell peppers are the members of the family of mild peppers which belong to the capsicum family. They are known as bell peppers due to their bell-like shape and have a mild, sweet flavor and a crisp juicy flesh. According to foodfacts.com, compared to other peppers, bell peppers aren’t known for a high level of spiciness. Red bell peppers tend to be sweeter, as are some yellow and orange varieties.

Health Benefits 

IT HELPS BURN MORE CALORIES

It is a general knowledge that drinking water is a vital way to keep our bodies hydrated. Nevertheless, eating foods that have a high-water content can also help since watermelon consists of 92% water. The high amount of water in watermelons also stimulates a release of excess liquid in the form of sweat, which cools your body further during hot summer days.

IT BALANCES MOOD

If you are feeling blue, try to increase the amount of vitamin B6 you consume. Naturally occurring in bell peppers, B6 helps your brain produce serotonin and norepinephrine, two chemicals that affect your mood.

IT SUPPORTS HEALTHY EYESIGHT

Red bell pepper is an excellent source of vitamin A, providing about 75 percent daily requirement of vitamin A per cup. Vitamin A is a nutrient that supports healthy eyesight, particularly night vision as it aids in the function of the retina and prevents the development of cataracts.

IT HELPS TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

Although bell peppers contain less capsaicin than their spicier cousins, they do have some. And that’s good news for those with high cholesterol, because capsaicin is a nutrient that lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in your system.

IT BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNITY

Although bell peppers contain less capsaicin than their spicier cousins, they do have some. And that’s good news for those with high cholesterol, because capsaicin is a nutrient that lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in your system.

IT IS PACKED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS

The combined effects of vitamin A and C create a great antioxidant capacity, and with lycopene in the mix, the red bell pepper becomes a top notch superfood. Lycopene is what makes tomatoes and peppers red. Red peppers are one of the highest veggies in lycopene, which has been shown to help prevent many cancers including prostate and lung.

ADDITIONAL FACTS

They are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Bell Peppers also contain a healthy dose of fiber, folate, and iron. Along with being full of nutrients, Bell Peppers deliver a satisfying and low-calorie crunch with every bite. In addition with the many benefits of this amazing fruit, below is a photo of the nutritional facts of bell peppers.

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