9 Incredible Health Benefits of Bell Peppers

I simply love bell peppers, particularly the brightly colored ones. Although they belong to the chili pepper family, bell peppers are mild and can jazz up a salad in an instant, lend a perky crunch to your pizza, and taste fantastic when roasted.

But the appeal of bell peppers goes way beyond their stunning good looks. Here’s a short list of the good things they can do for your health:

  • Bell peppers are low in calories! So, even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories. Bonus: that one cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C!
  • They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful.  The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.
  • Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids,  particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation.
  • If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.
  • The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
  • The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
  • Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.
  • Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.

So, pop some bell peppers into your shopping basket, and start reaping their rich health benefits!

Red Bell Pepper and Broccoli Pasta Sauce
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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 days ago

Thank you

Amy D.
Amy D.about a year ago


Max Hickson
Max Hicksonabout a year ago

I like to cut them in half and in the hollow bit, cram some mixed beans and a bit of lemon juice. Stompin'!

Raphael Khatela
Raphael Khatela1 years ago


Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla1 years ago

Loooove them!

Raphael Khatela
Raphael Khatela2 years ago

I had not known these till today surely that is awesome and GOD BLESS

Beverly Hill
Beverly Hill2 years ago

Nutritious and easy to grow yourself. I like to use them in stir-fry, roast them for sandwiches and and even toss them into rice dishes.

Anne Revenge
Anne Gottschall2 years ago

I like peppers, especially raw with yogurt dip.

KAREN L.2 years ago

love them....especially grilled!

Jade N.
Jade N.2 years ago

awesome! thanks