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5 Health Benefits that You May Not Know About Eating Bell Pepper

Bell peppers are one of those ubiquitous vegetables you will find in everything from a crisp, fresh Greek salad to a baked-and-stuffed weeknight entree to colorful party veggie trays for a healthy group snack. They're an incredibly versatile vegetable that come in several colors, and you may be wondering what its main health benefits are or if it's possible to have too much of a good thing.



Bell Pepper Nutrition Benefits


1

Bell peppers are good for heart and digestive health.

It should come as no surprise that bell peppers are another extremely healthy vegetable, whether you are opting for green, red, yellow, or orange varieties. All bell peppers provide fiber, some iron, and folate to support a healthy gut, healthy cardiovascular system, and acceptable natural detoxification, says Lauren Minchen, MPH, RDN, CDN, nutrition consultant for Freshbit, an AI-driven visual diet diary app.


2

Bell peppers are rich in potassium.

"Peppers, no matter the color, are a great source of potassium and vitamin A," adds Brigitte Zeitlin, a New York City-based registered dietitian and founder of BZ Nutrition. "Potassium helps to keep your heart healthy by reducing blood pressure and fight belly bloat by decreasing water retention.


3

Bell peppers are good for your eyes.

This crisp veggie contains vitamin A, which "helps to maintain eye health, keeping your vision on point and working to prevent macular degeneration," Zeitlin says.


4

Bell peppers are high in antioxidants.

"Red bell peppers are also rich in vitamin C and various carotenoids, which function as antioxidants and support eye and cardiovascular health," adds Minchen. "Yellow/orange bell peppers provide beta-carotene (an antioxidant form of vitamin A), vitamin C, and potassium.


5

Bell pepper has some skin benefits.

"Eating green and yellow veggies, such as green and yellow bell peppers, may help reduce the wrinkling that can occur in the crow's foot area, in accordance to a study of Japanese women," adds Amy Gorin, RDN, a plant-based registered dietitian and owner of Plant-Based Eats in Stamford, Conn.


Originally published: Real Simple

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