Bite into a bell pepper, not a snickers!

Due to the fact that we normally focus on our bodies solely for the summer, we tend to focus primarily on two things: getting to the gym and watching what we put in our mouth. Our focus this week is going to beBell Peppers. Not just because it is a favorite of mine, but because I have recently discovered that my new obsession contains an abundance of nutritional value. It not only has less calories and fats compared to chili peppers, but it holds a rich source of vitamin C. If you didn’t know, “Vitamin C is a potent water soluble antioxidant.”

Fun Fact: vitamin C is especially concentrated in red peppers at the highest levels, “it is required for the collagen synthesis. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones.”

With Regular consumption of foods containing high volumes of vitamin you can help your body to protect itself from infections and boots your immune system.

So if you find yourself needing a snack, do like I do grab a bell pepper and take a bite! I sometimes even put some all natural hummus on top to enjoy a mouthful of flavors.

More nutritional facts to a pepper:

 

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It also contains good levels of vitamin-A. Some of the main minerals in it are iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Selenium is an anti-oxidant micro-mineral that acts as a co-factor for enzyme, superoxide dismutase. capsicum (sweet pepper) is also good in B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. B-complex vitamins facilitate cellular metabolism through various enzymatic functions.

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