Bell peppers, the highest concentration of vitamin C
Extremely rich in vitamin C, bell peppers are a source of health that we always have at hand. In addition, it is extremely tasty, aromatic and easy to eat in any form, in salads, in dishes and stews.
The fewer calories it has, the richer it is in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. So today we are talking about bell peppers, a star of our salads and dishes. Let's admit, however, that we prefer it especially because of its aroma, because, unfortunately, the benefits for our health are not promoted enough.
We tell you: bell peppers, regardless of their color, are a treasure in your refrigerator. It can be eaten raw, in juices or soups, but also cooked in countless ways and combinations. And we sell you another tip: when you follow a diet, you can replace the bread with a slice of red pepper. Although aromatic, it has a neutral enough taste to go with almost anything.
What are the benefits of bell peppers?
Bell peppers have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitumor, antifungal, antioxidant and tonic effects. Europeans have been using it in the kitchen since the 1400s and, not infrequently, it has been included in the prescriptions of various natural remedies used by doctors.
Antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin A, all abundant in bell peppers, support our immune system and help us fight free radicals. A valuable substance in bell peppers is lycopene, which protects us against tumors and cancer.
Bell peppers are healthy regardless of age, gender or lifestyle and help us prevent certain diseases of the digestive system, cardiovascular system, nervous system. Prevents thickening and damage of blood vessels and the appearance of blood clots. It is also recommended for those at risk of diabetes, liver disease, joint pain or arthritis.
Other health effects
The B vitamin complex stimulates the central nervous system, improves cerebral circulation, eliminates stress and chronic fatigue and prevents degenerative neurological diseases. Recent studies have shown the role of red pepper substances in eye health. Consumption of bell peppers improves vision and can reduce the risk of cataracts.
Red pepper contains three times more beta-carotene than carrot, and only 50 grams of red pepper provide you with your daily requirement of vitamin C.
For most people, bell peppers are healthy and have no side effects. However, pregnant women should not consume large amounts, as the active substances can cause uterine contractions. Those who suffer from certain allergies should also pay attention and discuss with their doctor if the pepper is on their list.
Nutritional information for sweet, red, raw bell peppers
100 grams of red bell peppers contain:
• 31 calories
• 92% water
• 1 g protein
• 6 g carbohydrates
• 4.2 g sugar
• 2.1 g of fiber
• 0.3 g fat
• 0.03 g saturated fat
• 0 g monounsaturated fats
• 0.07 g polyunsaturated fats
• 0.03 g Omega-3
• 0.05 g Omega-6