Peppers add a tasty "touch" to our dishes, plus they are full of vitamins and help our good health. See their important nutritional benefits.
Peppers - hot or not - can flavor a simple omelette or salad, but also be used in stuffing, sauces and many other dishes. You can eat them grilled, stewed in the pot or in the oven and dried to use as a spice.
They contain vitamins and ingredients that have been linked to weight loss, pain reduction and other health benefits. They are a popular food for many peoples, since the time of the ancient Aztecs. And now, they have entered the... microscope of researchers, who reveal their significant benefits.
The valuable and colorful phytochemicals
All peppers contain many phytochemicals, which are natural compounds found in plants. Many of the phytochemicals in peppers have antioxidant properties. This means they may help neutralize free radicals, which cause cell damage, and thus may prevent or reduce the symptoms of certain diseases.
You will find peppers in many colors (green, red, yellow, orange, even purple, brown and black). Each color is associated with a different family of phytochemicals. So it is good to consume a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, to receive the corresponding benefits.
"Burn" the fat
Both hot and sweet peppers can boost our weight loss efforts. Research has shown that capsaicin, the substance that gives hot peppers (chili) their spicy flavor and which boosts our metabolism, prevents the formation of fat.