Speaking of peppers, did you know that they are good for your health? More than the fact that peppers give your dishes a kick, they also give food a splash of color. Another thing about peppers is that, when cooked right, they add texture to your dishes.
Now on to their health benefits â€“ peppers are bursting with vitamins! Basically all kinds of peppers â€“ and there are countless varieties â€“ contain a healthy dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. If you want an extra high dose, though, you should go with the red peppers as they contain more than the normal amount of these vitamins. If you donâ€™t already know, vitamin A is good for the eyes. And like vitamin C, it also helps boost your immune system, prevent cell damage, and help slow down the effects of aging. Vitamin K, on the other hand, helps promote blood clotting, strengthens the bones, and also helps prevent cell damage.
More than these vitamins, peppers also contain lycopene, the substance that has been promoted a lot for its anti-cancer properties. The same benefit is acquired from the beta-cryptoxanthin content of peppers.
Another component found in peppers is capsaicin, which has been proven to decrease the levels of bad cholesterol among others. Interestingly enough, capsaicin is also known to lower the risk of stomach ulcers. Now I bet you didnâ€™t know that! It used to be that people thought that peppers increased the risk of ulcers but it is said that capsaicin actually kills the bacteria that can lead to ulcers.
Now you have it â€“ peppers are good for your body and not just for your gastronomic fancies!