Did you know green, yellow, orange and red bell peppers all come from the same plant? Yep! They're just in different stages of ripening, which determines their color (and taste). These sweet peppers start out green and change colors when left on the vine. Pretty cool, huh? My son Trace, my picky eater, recently fell in love with this fascinating fruit. And I couldn't be happier, because bell peppers are packed with vitamins and antioxidants! Trace likes them sautéed in olive oil. I like them diced up in some of my favorite dishes. They're also great cut into strips and dipped in hummus for a quick snack. (YUM!) Read on for a few reasons why you should add bell peppers to your diet.
One medium-sized red bell pepper has 169% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which boosts our immune system. It also aids absorption of iron, which can prevent anemia.
This vitamin is important for the formation of red blood cells.
This one is important for blood clotting and bone health.
This mineral may improve heart health.
FOLATE (VITAMIN B9)
This vitamin has many functions in the body. It's especially important during pregnancy.
This is essential for healthy muscles and nerves.
Red bell peppers contain beta carotene, which our bodies convert into vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a role in our vision, growth, cell division, reproduction and immunity. WOW!
Lutein is an antioxidant found in green (unripe) bell peppers. Studies show it may improve eye health.
Studies suggest this antioxidant may prevent some chronic conditions, such as heart disease and cancer.
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