Sweet Peppers, also known as bell peppers, are most commonly colored green, yellow, orange, and red. They may also be colored white, lavender, purple, and brown, depending on the variety. Sweet peppers range in taste from the more bitter green pepper to the sweet red peppers. First introduced to Europe in 1493, peppers are native to Central America, Mexico, Northern America, and South America. Sweet peppers are grown worldwide, with China being the biggest grower. What may be surprising is that, aside from water (92% of the pepper), the rest of the pepper comprises carbs, protein, and fat. Some people may see these compounds and think they make peppers unhealthy, but they are considered healthy food. They are very versatile and can go into various dishes, be used with dips, or eaten plain.

Good for Your Metabolism

Studies show that sweet red pepper is excellent for increasing your metabolism. Studies are being conducted about the activation of thermogenesis and an increased metabolic rate. Even though red sweet peppers don’t contain capsaicin, which is known to make peppers hot, they have a mild thermogenic action. It has been studied and known to increase our metabolism without increasing our heart rate, and blood pressure like hot peppers do, making it a better choice for individuals with heart problems.

Promotes Eye Health

The sweet pepper contains over 30 carotenoid types, including alpha-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and lycopene. The carotenoids are a phytonutrient family that is the reason for the red, yellow, and orange coloring found in many fruits and vegetables. These carotenoids have been found to help heal eyes and to help fight eye diseases. Research conducted with sweet peppers has found that the carotenoids absorb the damaging blue lights as it enters the eyes and stops the damage.

Helps With Weight Loss

Nutritionists suggest adding sweet peppers to your diet to help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. One serving of sweet peppers has roughly 1 gram of fat and only 29 calories. Nutritionists suggest adding sweet peppers as a snack or an addition to your main meal. The small amount of fat in the peppers provides reliable storage for sweet pepper’s fat-soluble nutrients.

Regulates Blood Pressure

If you want to add more potassium to your diet, make sure you reach for sweet peppers. All colors of the peppers are a great source of potassium. Potassium is needed to maintain a proper balance of the fluids and minerals in your body. Plus, research shows that potassium enhances muscle function and regulates blood pressure. Adding one cup of sweet peppers adds 260 to more than 300 mg of potassium to your diet. As a bonus, sweet peppers contain fiber, which can help regulate heart health by controlling cholesterol levels.

High in Vitamins

You can get a lot of vitamin A from sweet peppers, which is essential for your eyes to stay healthy. One cup of red sweet peppers has almost all of the vitamin A you need for a whole day, so they’re good for you. Sweet pepper has a lot of vitamin C, which helps keep tissues healthy and boosts your immune system. One cup of sweet peppers provides over 100% of the daily allowance of vitamin C. Pregnant women or women who hope to become pregnant should also add sweet peppers to their diet. Peppers have folate, which aids in supporting the function of red blood cells and helps prevent certain types of congenital disabilities in unborn children. Studies are being done regarding folate and the prevention of colorectal cancer. Sweet peppers are also a source of vitamin K, which is necessary for the clotting function of blood.

Though most people tolerate bell peppers quite well, people may be allergic to them in rare cases. Someone with a very sensitive pollen allergy may also be allergic to bell peppers due to cross-contamination.

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