exist different varieties of pepper, with different flavors and uses, but their composition, benefits and properties are similar. This vegetable belongs to the Solanaceae family and comes from South America.
It is a food rich in water, carbohydrates and fiber, but low in calories. It stands out for the amount of vitamin C and carotenoids, especially in red peppers, which is why it is a great source of antioxidants. It also has an important content of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium, according to information from the Salud Mapfre portal.
The Body Mind portal indicates that 100 grams of fresh red pepper provide 190 milligrams of vitamin C, more than triple that of oranges. “The pepper was precisely the food from which the Hungarian chemist Albert Szent-Györgyi synthesized that vitamin in 1928, which would earn him the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology a decade later,” indicates this website.
Another vitamin that can be found in this vegetable is E, which is an antioxidant and protects the body from free radicals. In addition, it strengthens the immune system against the attack of viruses and bacteria, participates in the formation of red blood cells and in cellular processes, and in the formation of vitamin K, among many other functions. In smaller quantities, the pepper is a source of other vitamins such as B6, B3, B2 and B1, says an article published on the Cuídate Plus portal.
Like the rest of the vegetables, its fat content is minimal and, furthermore, it is very versatile in the kitchen, both raw and cooked, making it an easy and convenient food to always have on hand, states an article published in the newspaper The vanguard, from Spain. It is a vegetable that can be consumed every day.
The Body Mind portal highlights the benefits of pepper for the digestive process. It ensures that its high amount of fiber prevents constipation, prevents colon cancer and helps control cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
On the other hand, Cuídate Plus indicates that thanks to their high water content and low caloric intake, peppers are foods to take into account when preparing weight control diets, provided that the ideal preparation method is used. In addition, thanks to its fiber content, it provides a feeling of satiety.
Due to its richness in potassium and lack of sodium, peppers favor diuresis. With the increase in urine production, liquids are eliminated, waste substances dissolved in it such as uric acid and urea.
Similarly, its antioxidant properties are important to help reduce oxidative stress, which decreases the chances of developing some types of cancer, such as prostate cancer.
The combination of vitamins that red pepper especially has helps reduce anxiety states. It is even a highly recommended food for all those who have difficulty sleeping.
On the other hand, this vegetable helps prevent bad cholesterol, thanks to its high content of beta-carotene, luteolin, capsanthin and quercetin. Luteolin is also key to reducing the inflammation and natural deterioration that the brain suffers with age.
These vegetables are recommended in a woman’s diet during pregnancy thanks to their folate content. This is an important vitamin in the care of the correct development of the neural tube of the fetus, especially in the first weeks of gestation. Likewise, the requirement for folate is also higher in growing children, so including peppers in their diet is recommended.
Lastly, peppers stimulate gastric secretion. Sweet pepper is very good for people with a delicate stomachOn the other hand, spicy varieties can be irritating, in addition to being very laxative in those people who are prone to diarrhea.