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Nutrition Facts: Capsicum

Posted on | January 6, 2010 | No Comments

Also known as “Peppers” to some, are thick-fleshy fruit (yes… it’s a fruit because it has seeds), waxy skin and crunchy in texture.  Coming in many shapes, sizes and colours ranging from golden yellow, green, red, orange, purple and brown.  They also range in flavour from sweet to extremely hot!!

They provide the body with a high amount of Vitamin C, Sweet & Hot peppers are a good source of Vitamin A (Beta-carotene) and Red Peppers contain capsaicin (photochemical) used as a topical analgesic.

Nutrition Information:Colourful variety of Peppers

Portion Size:  1/2 cup

Energy:  20 Calories (average for all varieties)

Protein:  1 g

Carbs:  5 g

Fat:  0 g

Nutritional Value of Capsicum

  • Carotenoids
  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Provitamins E, P, B1, B2 and B3
  • Steroidal Alkaloidal Glycosides (Solanine and Solasadine)
  • Coumarin

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Capsicum

  • Beneficial to the mucous membranes, eyes and skin
  • Helps ward off infection
  • Promotes cardiovascular health by helping to lower blood pressure
  • Has antioxidant properties that neturalize the free radicals repsonsible for damaging tissue and cells
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps reduce cholesterol therefore reducing risk of stroke and heart attack
  • Increases metabolism to burn more calories
  • Good for treating colds and fevers
  • Stimulates stomach secretions and improves digestion
  • Lowers triglycerides
  • Has a laxative effect
  • Triggers release of endorphins
  • Good for diabetics

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