Peppers are really that good for us?!?


Hello Everyone,

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,

Adrian

One thought on “Peppers are really that good for us?!?

  1. Good one! And nice job mentioning that green peppers are in fact unripe bell peppers. Most people go for the green peps in the grocery store due to the substantial price difference however it’s important to not that being a fruit, it should always be eaten in its ripened state. Unripe fruits of all varieties have an acidic effect in the body rather than the alkaline effect we are looking for. (All ripe fruits and vegetables are alkalizing and beneficial).

    All the best!

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