Green Pepper


Benefits of eating Green Pepper


  1. Vitamin C:
    When you think of foods that provide vitamin C, citrus fruits and oranges are often the first ones that come to mind. Though both are high in vitamin C, the fact is that a 1-cup serving of chopped green bell pepper supplies 120 mg of vitamin C, or 200 percent of the recommended daily intake, while a 1-cup serving of orange juice provides 96.9 mg, according to nutrition data released by the USDA National Nutrient Database. Vitamin C is helps maintain a healthy immune system, skin, mucous membranes and strong bones. It is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it is not stored in the body and needs to be replaced daily.
  2. Other Vitamins and Minerals:
    Although vitamin C is the predominant vitamin in green bell peppers, they are a source of other vitamins as well. The same 1-cup serving that delivers 120 mg of vitamin C offers more than 10 percent of the RDI for vitamins A, K and B-6. Other vitamins available in lesser amounts are vitamin E and the rest of the B family, with the exception of B-12, which is only naturally available from animal sources. The mineral content of green bell peppers includes manganese, potassium, copper, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc and a trace of fluoride.
  3. Fiber Content:
    The higher your dietary intake of dietary fiber, the lower your risk of heart disease, according to a report in the February 2011 issue of "Current Opinion in Lipidology." Researchers state that fiber lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Green bell peppers contain a fair amount of soluble and insoluble fiber, with 2.5 g or 10 percent of your RDI in a 1-cup serving. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, while insoluble fiber, as found in pepper skins, can not be digested. Both types of fiber have a positive effect on cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk, while insoluble fiber creates bulk in the intestines that helps prevent overeating and cleans out the colon, which may contribute to a decreased risk of colon cancer.
  4. Diet Friendly:
    Green bell peppers are low in calories, with only 30 in a 1-cup serving. Fat-free and low in carbohydrates, they make a great addition to any diet plan. Adding chopped green pepper to salads or eating them alone as a snack is a way to help get your daily intake of vitamin C and other necessary vitamins and minerals. If you prefer your peppers to be cooked, the June 2008 issue of "Nutrition Research" reports that steaming green peppers improves their ability to lower your cholesterol levels. While cooking may be beneficial in some areas, heat will decrease the vitamin content of green bell peppers.



Green bell peppers add crunch and color to many food dishes, or they may be sliced and eaten raw for a nutritious snack. They are available year-round in most grocery stores but are also easily grown in home gardens for late summer harvesting. Adding green bell peppers to your diet delivers several nutritional benefits.

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