I was always afraid of green peppers as a little girl. I guess this could be attributed to the fact that every time I ate green pepper, a horrible rash would break out on my arms; so I grew up avoiding green peppers as well as all other peppers. A few years ago I had a tri-pepper omelette that totally rocked my world (in a good way), and the best part? There was no allergic reaction. Needless to say I’ve been hooked ever since. I enjoy sitting down and snacking on a bowl full of green pepper strips… dunking them into a creamy ranch sauce…mmm yummy.Even though I already knew that peppers were a healthy snack, I didn’t know just how amazing they really are. Did you know that ALL peppers are rich in vitamins A, C and K? Why should you care? Well, vitamins A and C are antioxidants and they help prevent cell damage, cancer, as well as diseases caused by aging. They also support the immune system, and help in reducing inflammation caused by arthritis and even ashtma. Vitamin K strengthens bones, and helps protect cells from oxidative damage (changes seen in living organisms in response to excessive levels of cytotoxic oxidants and free radicals in the environment). Red peppers are an excellent source of lycopene which aids in preventing prostate, cervix, pancreas and bladder cancers. The benefits don’t stop there; the Beta-cryptoxanthin found in red peppers, helps prevent lung cancer from both smoking and secondhand smoke. Peppers also provide a decent amount of fiber, and the heat in both hot and sweet peppers contains substances that have been shown to increase the body’s heat production and oxygen consumption for about 20 minutes. That’s right, simply eating peppers helps your body burn extra calories.Get your eat on!
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