Thursday, June 12, 2014

Recommended Power Foods - Part 12 - Peppers

Recommended Power Foods - Part 12 - Peppers
(Information from The Power of Food - Bonnie Raffel R. D., Author)

Whether peppers are red, green, or yellow-orange. they are rich in antioxidants and provide a variety of minerals and vitamins.  Health benefits include; lowering the rates of many cancers, boosts immune system, and strengthens eye health.

Bell Peppers - are also called Sweet Peppers, which are rich in vitamins A and C.  They come in a variety of colors ranging from green to brown.  Green bell peppers are not as hot, due to a recessive gene that decreases capsaicin which is responsible for the "heat" found in peppers.  The yellow, orange, or red peppers provide high concentrations of antioxidant carotenoids.  The red pepper also provides lycopene which fights against many cancers.  Pimento and paprika are made from red bell peppers. Try adding fresh chopped peppers to meat salads, add as extra topping to pizza and sandwiches, add to cooked vegetables, or enjoy eating as a raw snack.

Jalapeno - is the best known chili pepper and easy to find. This pepper can be red or green and contains compounds called capasicinoids, which provide anti-inflammatory properties and anticancer benefits.  The Chipotles (smoked Jalapeno) are available dried.  Try adding to stews and soups, removing seeds to reduce heat.

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