Scientifically known as Capsicum annuum, bell peppers have been cultivated for more than 9,000 years. Here are some facts on why red bell peppers are great for your health.
Red bell peppers are harvested green and allowed to ripen and mature, taking on a red colour and a mild sweet flavour. Compared to other bell pepper varieties that come in different colours, red bell peppers are the most nutritious and by far the sweetest.
With its earliest cultivation having taken place in South and Central America, bell peppers grow well in warm climates and in soil that does not hold water. Read on to find out more about red bell peppers and what makes them great.
- Low in calories. One cup of raw, chopped red bell peppers contains only 46 calories.
- Red bell peppers contains nine grams of carbohydrates per cup. The carbohydrates support essential physiological processes including brain cell function and body temperature regulation.
- Red bell peppers are a good source of vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
- The vitamin A contained in red bell peppers helps support healthy night vision and lowers the risk of cataracts.
- A cup of red bell peppers contains more than 211 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C intake – which is 60 milligrams a day — and helps the proper absorption of iron.
- The capsaicin found in red bell peppers may be able to reduce triglycerides and ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief to pain and eases inflammation.
- Red bell peppers support cardiovascular health while reducing the risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases.
- Magnesium and vitamin B6 found in red bell peppers can help to decrease in anxiety especially one associated with pre-menstruation, giving peace and calmness to ladies during this cycle.
- Anemia can also be prevented with the help of vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin B6 found in red bell peppers.