Peppers, Sweet and Hot

Perfect Portion: Sweet Bell Pepper, 1/2 cup sliced or Hot Chili Pepper, 1 pepper, but feel free to eat as much as you would like.

  • very low glycemic load
  • rich in vitamins A, C, and K, especially red peppers
  • have Antioxidant vitamins A and C help to prevent cell damage, cancer, and diseases related to aging, and they support immune function. 
  • reduce inflammation like that found in arthritis and asthma. 
  • rich in Vitamin K which promotes proper blood clotting, strengthens bones, and helps protect cells from oxidative damage.
  • Red peppers are a good source of the carotenoid called lycopene, helps prevent prostate cancer as well as cancer of the bladder, cervix, and pancreas. 
  • Beta-cryptoxanthin, another carotenoid in red peppers, helps prevent lung cancer.
  • Besides being rich in phytochemicals, peppers provide a decent amount of fiber.
  • Hot peppers' capsaicin acts on pain receptors, and has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol and triglycerides and boost immunity.
  • helps kill bacteria in the stomach that can lead to ulcers.
  • Both hot and sweet peppers contain substances that have been shown to increase the body's heat production and oxygen consumption for about 20 minutes after eating,burning extra calories, which helps weight loss.

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