Benefits of Red Bell Peppers For Weight Loss!
I believe we learn something new every day! Did you know red sweet peppers are really green peppers that have been left on the vine longer to ripen! I’m sure you have seen the other color of peppers, such as, yellow and orange. The green pepper have a more tart flavor and the red pepper, orange pepper and yellow pepper are the sweetest.
Red peppers are very low in calories so if you want a healthy vegetable, red peppers are a great choice. They are mostly water, full of folate, which is needed for a healthy brain, blood cell formation and can also help prevent disease of the liver. They are also full of vitamin A, which can be good for your vision and vitamin C, which can help your immune system and help fight off colds and the flu.
Red peppers are great for weight loss, not only because they are low in calories, but they are high in fiber. Fiber can help add bulk to your stool and speed up how quickly stool passes through the colon. Fiber can help you feel full longer, therefore, you will also eat smaller amounts and less often. Fiber can also help lower your risk of diverticulitis, heart disease and diabetes.
Red peppers also contain lycopene that can help reduce the risk of cervix, pancreas, bladder and prostate cancer. Red peppers contain an excellent amount of vitamin E, which can help prevent cancer, cell damage, and heart disease.
Potassium is very high in red peppers which can help reduce the risk of stroke and can help maintain a healthy heart, brain, kidneys and muscle tissue.
Red peppers are available year round in most grocery stores, but are usually found easier during the summer. You can keep them in the refrigerator for about one week. You can also freeze red peppers, but it is best to freeze them whole, not in slices. The size and shape of the pepper doesn’t really matter, but be sure to purchase the ones that look fresh and don’t have any water spots, soft spots or dark areas.
There are many ways to enjoy eating red peppers. My favorite is sliced up and eaten raw for a snack! I love roasted or sauteed red peppers. A great idea for a low calorie meal is a whole red pepper (with the seeds removed) stuffed with turkey chili or water packed tuna fish mixed with low fat mayonaise. Diced red peppers are great added to a salad. Not only do red peppers add great flavor, but they add such bright red color and make any meal look great!
The Power Blast!
Calories: one large raw red pepper 51 calories
Protein: 2 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 7 g
Vitamin C: 209 mg
Calcium: 11.5 mg
Potassium: 346 mg
Sodium: 7 mg
Saturated Fat: 0
Have fun losing weight while you are eating your new power food!
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