I’m not sure if I’m the last to know this, but Bell Peppers are actually really good for us?? I honestly had know idea of this until I heard of how good they are was while watching Kris Carr’s video that I shared on this blog last week. I also have read many reports like the following one here http://home.howstuffworks.com/peppers3.htm, that states the following:
All peppers are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, but red peppers are simply bursting with them. Antioxidant vitamins 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 and secondhand smoke.
Besides being rich in phytochemicals, peppers provide a decent amount of fiber.
Another odd fact that I learned also is that Green Peppers are actually unripe Red and Yellow peppers so they don’t have as much nutritional values… wow! I never used to eat a lot of bell peppers but I’m going to be sure to grab a few every time I hit the grocery. Just be careful, if they aren’t organic they can have pesticides so wash them good with water or a vegetable spray.
Anyone have some good recipes we can share that use bell peppers? I’m thinking stuff peppers… mmmhhhhh. I also through a few into the juicer this morning and they tasted great!
Lots of love,
- Nutritional health benefits of bell peppers (naturalhealthezine.com)