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!

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178 comments

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen18 days ago

Thank you

Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara18 days ago

Thanks! Good to hear they contain lutein. This is found in orange and yellow foods mainly, so it would not be in green peppers. We all look at bright screens so anything that helps our eyes stay resilient is good.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen21 days ago

Thank you

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers24 days ago

MMMM!!! Thank you for sharing.

Peggy B.
Peggy B.28 days ago

I love peppers so this is good to know.

Jenny J.
Jenny J.about a month ago

So good and healthy! Should eat more often

Rhonda B.
Rhonda C.about a month ago

TYFS:)

Elaine W.
Elaine W.about a month ago

Stuffed baked peppers. Various recipes for vegan stuffing.

Lisa M.
Lisa M.about a month ago

Thanks.

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo1 months ago

to change a plate of chips into something really tasty and exotic cut up a bell pepper or two Or a ratio of two potatoes to 1 bell pepper and add the bell pepper to the chips halfway through the frying process