Nutrition Niblits-The Powerful Pepper

September 28, 2012

It happens to all of us.  We get that sudden urge for a snack and mosey on in to the kitchen to raid the refrigerator or cupboards.  Oh, but what to snack on?   How about a healthy cup of bell pepper?  Here are 10 reasons why a bell pepper is one of your best choices for a healthy and nutritious snack.

  1. Bell peppers are very rich in vitamin C and vitamin A.
  2. One cup of raw, red bell peppers gives your body approximately 290 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 105 percent of the RDA for vitamin A.
  3. Bell peppers have significant amounts of vitamin B 6
  4. They are a great source of dietary fiber.
  5. One bell pepper contains only 30 to 40 calories.
  6. Bell peppers are a great source of antioxidants.
  7. Red bell peppers contain lutein, a phytonutrient that benefits against macular degeneration.
  8. They are also a good source of lycopene which has been shown to lower the risk of prostate, bladder, cervical and pancreatic cancers.
  9. Bell peppers contain about 110 grams of water which is necessary for fat burning success.
  10. They are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Have you had your pepper today?

Did You Know?

-The bell pepper is not a vegetable.  It is a fruit!

- The white and pulpy inner cavity of the bell pepper is a rich source of flavonoids and can be eaten.