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July 8, 2010
Bell peppers are juicy, crunchy, and very tasty foods, which are the most used as decorative motifs and ornaments. Native to South America, bell peppers go in a big array of colors: red, orange, yellow, purple and green colors, and sometimes they are called “sweet peppers”. Botanically, bell peppers should be considered fruit, but it is common to call them vegetables even though their taste is quite sweet. Health benefits of bell peppers have been known for centuries.
Bell peppers are among the most nutritious veggies, they provide us with excellent natural vitamins and acids, as well as antioxidants, which play a key role for our good health and longevity. 100 g of bell peppers have 25-27 calories, and the nutrients include Vitamins A, C, B1, B6, E, tryptophan, folate, molybdenum, copper, manganese, potassium and other essential microelements. It is interesting that according to the results of scientific studies, red bell peppers have significantly higher nutritional value than green ones.
Health benefits of bell peppers include such important powers of these veggies as lowering the risks of heart disease and cancer, stipulated by a high content of lycopene, beta-carotene, antioxidants and other very potent phytonutrients. Regular consumption of bell peppers is linked to lower levels of cholesterol and lower chances of clot formation. In addition, high content of vitamin A is proven to reduce the risks of lung inflammation, emphysema and other lung problems.
It is reported that high doses of vitamin C which can be found in bell peppers can protect the elderly against osteoarthritis and other types of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as against macular degeneration and bad vision. Bell peppers are very delicious and sweet veggies which can be consumed fresh or in veggie salads, but also they can be added to various vegetable stews and appetizers. When choosing bell peppers, look for the ones with firm texture and bright colors, undamaged and bright skinAuthor Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.