Colourful bell peppers add a sweet, light crunchiness to a meal. Their bright red, yellow, orange or green adds vibrant beauty to any meal, whether it’s a salad or a stir fry.
Health Benefits of Sweet Bell Peppers
1. Excellent Food for Weight Loss
Research has shown, sweet red peppers can activate thermogenesis and increases our metabolism without increasing our heart rate and blood pressure like the hot peppers do.
They are low in calories being 92 percent water (1 green peppers, sliced cup = 18 calories 1 red peppers, sliced cup = 28 calories). Source: USDA
2. Can Help Protect Against Cancer
The abundant antioxidant, capsanthin, in Red bell peppers are responsible for their brilliant red color. Some studies have shown that this carotenoid may help protect against cancer.
3. Helps Repair Bones
Collagen is a long, fibrous protein critical to providing your bones with tensile strength. Collagen needs vitamin C to synthesize collagen. U.S. National Library of Medicine note that red and yellow bell peppers have 4 times as much vitamin C as oranges.
4. Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer
12 years of research studies , found the relationship between vitamin C rich foods, particularly green peppers, lowered the risk of prostate cancer. Prost ate Cancer and Prostatic Disease scientists attributed lycopene, β-carotene, vitamins E, C and A, and retinoids found in bell peppers may significantly reduce prostate cancer risk.
5. May Help Prevent Anemia
Bell Peppers are high in Vitamin C which is needed to fully absorb iron.