Bell Red Pepper

Peppers don’t have that spicy image for nothing. This vegetable is an excellent way to spice up otherwise bland dishes. Peppers come in a beautiful array of colors and shapes. They add flavor, color, and crunch to many low-calorie dishes.
Health Benefits of Peppers

All peppers are rich in vitamins A, C, and K,  but red peppers are simply bursting with them.Antioxidantvitamins A  and C help to prevent cell damage, cancer, and diseases related to  aging, and they support immune function. They also reduce inflammation  like that found in arthritis and asthma. Vitamin K promotes proper blood clotting, strengthens bones, and helps protect cells from  oxidative damage.
Red  peppers are a good source of the carotenoid called lycopene, which is  earning a reputation for helping to prevent prostate cancer as well as  cancer of the bladder, cervix, and pancreas. Beta-cryptoxanthin,  another carotenoid in red peppers, is holding promise for helping to  prevent lung cancer related to smoking andsecondhand smoke.
Besides being rich in phytochemicals, peppers provide a decent amount of fiber.
Hot  peppers’ fire comes from capsaicin, which acts on pain receptors, not  taste buds, in our mouths. Capsaicin predominates in the white  membranes of peppers, imparting its “heat” to seeds as well. The  capsaicin in hot peppers has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol  and triglycerides, boost immunity, and reduce the risk of stomach  ulcers. It used to be thought that hot peppers aggravated ulcers.  Instead, they may help kill bacteria in the stomach that can lead to  ulcers.
Both  hot and sweet peppers contain substances that have been shown to  increase the body’s heat production and oxygen consumption for about 20  minutes after eating. This is great news; it means your body is burning  extra calories, which helps weight loss.

Red Sweet Bell Pepper, Fresh Serving Size: 1/2  cup sliced

Calories 12
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat <1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbohydrate 3 g
Protein <1 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sodium 1 mg
Vitamin A:
green  pepper 170 IU
red  pepper 1,440 IU
Vitamin C:
green  pepper 37 mg
red  pepper 87 mg
Iron <1 mg
Carotenoids:
green 268 micrograms
red 1,146

Hot Chili Pepper, Fresh Serving Size: 1 pepper

 

Calories 18
Fat <1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbohydrate 4 g
Protein 1 g
Dietary Fiber <1 g
Sodium 4 g
Vitamin A:
green  pepper 538 IU
red  pepper 428 IU
Vitamin C 64 mg

 

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