Red bell peppers are one of our favorite salad toppings! They're a great snack idea, with a refreshing crunch and a bit of even a sweet taste!
Did you know that green peppers are just unripe red peppers? Because they are not fully mature, they have a bitter after taste, and half the vitamin C and 1/10th the vitamin A compared to their red or orange siblings.
Paprika and chili peppers offer the same benefits, but with extra capsaicin, a chemical that can produce a strong burning sensation in the mouth. It’s not in red peppers because a recessive gene eliminates it, so enjoy them without the heat!
Here are five reasons to increase your red pepper consumption:
1. Red peppers contain more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin C intake.
Besides being a powerful antioxidant vitamin C helps your body achieve the proper absorption of iron. If you are iron deficient, try combining red peppers with your iron source for maximum absorption.
2. Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 and folate.
Both these vitamins and minerals can help prevent anemia.
3. Red bell peppers help support healthy night vision.
Red bell peppers are high in vitamin A, which helps to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision. So when it comes to bell peppers, seeing red is a good thing!
4. Red bell peppers are packed with antioxidants. The combined effects of vitamin A and C create a great antioxidant capacity, and with lycopene in the mix, the red bell pepper becomes a top notch superfood. Lycopene is what makes tomatoes and peppers red. Red peppers are one of the highest veggies in lycopene, which has been shown to help prevent many cancers including prostate and lung.
5. Burn more calories with red bell peppers. Recent research has shown that sweet red peppers can can increase your metabolic rate. You can consume red peppers and get the same thermogenic results without the racing heart beat and sweating as if when you would eat spicy peppers!
Now tell us, what's your favorite way to eat red peppers?