With so many people jumping on the “get healthy” band wagon this year, it’s been interesting to see that bell peppers have joined the good diet list.
Bell peppers, particularly the brighter colored ones, are favored for their mild heat and lovely taste. They can jazz up your favorite salad or be eaten alone as a flavorsome roasted snack.
But did you know that bell peppers impact your health in beneficial ways?
See for yourself.
Health Benefits of Bell Peppers
- Bell Peppers are low in calories, making them a great snack between meals. A cup full amounts to a small 45 calories, perfect for anyone watching their weight.
- Bell peppers are great immune system boosters and provide plenty of Vitamin C, A, E, and B6. The red ones seem to have the most concentrated amounts of Vitamin C.
- Here’s another shout-out to the reds. Red Bells contain a bunch of phytochemicals and carotenoids, mainly beta-carotene, which fills you with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Studies show that the capsaicin in bells reduces bad cholesterol, thus helping control diabetes and relieving pain and inflammation.
- Cooking bell peppers on low heat helps retain their delectable flavonoid content, which is an excellent nutrient.
- Sulfur content inside bells offer protection against certain cancers.
- Some of the enzymes found in bell peppers, like lutein, help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration later on in life.
Who would’ve thought that popping a couple of bell peppers in your diet could help so much? Reap the rich heal benefits of bell peppers by throwing them in your shopping basket today!
Simple Bell Pepper Recipes
Roasted Peppers with Garlic and Herbs –
Throw a couple of bell peppers sprinkled with garlic and dried oregano slivers into the oven. Wait until they are charred and sweet, then serve them as a side with your favorite grilled chicken or London broil dish.
Red Pepper Relish –
Flavor up your favorite sandwich with some zesty red pepper relish. It will also taste great with chicken and pasta.
Roasted Red Pepper Dip –
Mix up a bowl of red bell peppers (or whatever bells you want), with some raisins and capers. This complex but the smoky-sweet flavor is ideal for a chip or cracker dip.
All recipes can be found here: http://www.marthastewart.com/275370/bell-pepper-recipes#850971