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Everything you should know about peppers

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Bell peppers are crunchy and slightly sweet. They are popular in low-carb cooking and are available year-round in supermarkets. But are peppers even good for you? The answer: yes! We'll introduce you to some of the health benefits of bell peppers and show you how to use them in delicious, low-carb recipes.

Bell peppers are low in calories and carbohydrates

One bell bell pepper contains only 43 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates - perfect for those who want to lose weight. Instead, look for other culprits in your diet. Any food in excess can lead to weight gain. But the likelihood of eating more than three peppers at a time is slim. In comparison, that's about the same as the typical serving of potato chips at about 129 kcal. As everyone knows, salty snacks like chips are more likely to make you eat more than one serving.

Bell peppers are rich in nutrients

Bell peppers may be low in calories, but they are full of nutrients. They contain vitamins A, C, B6 and folic acid, as well as potassium and iron. So which color of bell bell pepper is healthiest? The color of peppers makes a difference when it comes to nutrients. Green peppers are harvested before they ripen to red. A green bell bell pepper already contains 150% of the recommended daily requirement of vitamin C. A red bell bell pepper can provide 350% of the recommended daily requirement.

A few facts:

  • The recommended daily requirement of vitamin C for women is 75 mg per day
  • For men it is 90 mg per day
  • Each type of large bell bell pepper contains 128 mg of vitamin C. For women this is 171% of the recommended daily allowance and for men it is 142%

Red, yellow and orange peppers contain more lycopene and carotenoids than unripe green peppers. Carotenoids are plant antioxidants that can help protect cells from oxidative damage.

Bell peppers are a good source of dietary fiber

Bell peppers contain a good amount of fiber compared to the calories you add to your diet. Eating one large, whole bell bell pepper provides 3.5 grams of fiber, which is 14% and 9% of the daily recommended amount for women and men, respectively. An adequate intake of dietary fiber is especially important for weight loss and overall well-being. This is because they help you feel fuller for longer and eat regularly.

Bell peppers are mild and easy to eat

Why should you choose bell peppers over all others? Bell peppers are mild and a good choice if you want to avoid hot peppers. For people who suffer from heartburn, bell peppers are a good substitute for hot peppers, which can make heartburn worse. Unlike chili peppers, bell peppers do not contain capsaicin - a substance that gives peppers their heat.

3 easy ways to cook peppers

Now that the question of whether peppers are healthy has been answered, let's turn to how to cook with peppers. No doubt dz peppers can be enjoyed fresh and sliced as a snack, but why not get a little more creative in the kitchen?

1. stuffed or stuffed peppers

Stuffed peppers are a great way to use up leftovers. The cavity of the peppers is made for stuffing with ground meat, egg, cheese, beans, rice or other cooked vegetables. Of course, you can also just add the same ingredients on top of the sliced peppers and bake. Be creative - it just depends on how you want to slice your peppers.

2. grilled or roasted peppers

Caramelize the sugar in the peppers to bring out even more flavor from your vegetables. You can do this on the grill or in the oven. To grill a bell pepper, quarter it, coat it with non-stick spray and place it directly on the grill grate for 5-10 minutes. To roast, quarter the peppers, coat them with non-stick spray, season them, and bake them at 230 degrees C for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy the peppers as is, or use them as an ingredient in a dish.

3. roasted peppers

Let's face it - peppers are the key to any stir-fried meat or vegetable dish that not only looks beautiful, but is also delicious. They bring a touch of red, yellow or orange to a sea of greens and browns.

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Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure that the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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