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Green Bell Peppers

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Green Bell Peppers

Postby KanadianBrett » Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:03 pm

Nutritionally, this pepper barely answers the bell. All bells are the same thing—the fruit of the pepper plant Capsicum annuum. The green ones just aren't ripe yet. Ripe, red bell peppers have nearly twice the vitamin C of green peppers (three times more than in an orange) and nine times the amount of vitamin A, because they've been soaking up the sun longer. They're also sweeter—and more expensive.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 medium
Calories: 24
Protein: 1 g
Fat: 0 g
Saturated: 0 g
Monounsaturated: 0 g
Polyunsaturated: 0 g
Carbohydrate: 6 g
Sugar: 3 g
Fiber: 2 g

Key Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin C
Amount: 95.7 mg
Daily Value: 159%

Vitamin K
Amount: 8.8 mcg
Daily Value: 11%

Vitamin B6
Amount: .3 mg
Daily Value: 13%

Other Plant Compounds

Bell peppers are rich in various antioxidants, especially carotenoids, which are much more abundant when they are ripe .

Capsanthin: Abundant in red bell peppers, capsanthin is a powerful antioxidant responsible for their brilliant red color. Studies indicate that this carotenoid may help protect against cancer .
Violaxanthin: The most common carotenoid antioxidant in yellow bell peppers.
Lutein: While being abundant in green bell peppers and black paprika, lutein is absent from ripe bell peppers. Adequate intake of lutein may improve eye health .
Quercetin: A polyphenol antioxidant found in a wide variety of plants. Studies indicate that it may be beneficial for the prevention of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer .
Luteolin: Similarly to quercetin, luteolin is an polyphenol antioxidant that may have a variety of beneficial health effects

Bottom Line: Bell peppers contain many healthy antioxidants, including capsanthin, violaxanthin, lutein, quercetin and luteolin. These plant compounds are associated with many health benefits.

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