• Red Peppers

    Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) are fruits that belong to the nightshade family. They are related to chili peppers, tomatoes, and breadfruit, all of which are native to Central and South America. In addition to a vast amount of heart protective antioxidants, bell peppers are high in potassium (lowers blood pressure) and soluble fibre (lowers cholesterol) both of are essential for good heart health.

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    The Heart Health Benefits of Bell Peppers: featuring Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, and Sarah Ware, Registered Dietician.
    The Heart Health Benefits of Bell Peppers: featuring Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, and Sarah Ware, Registered Dietician.
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    Sarah Ware, B.Sc.(Hons), RD, CDE, discusses the Nutritional Benefits of Red Peppers.
    Sarah Ware, B.Sc.(Hons), RD, CDE, discusses the Nutritional Benefits of Red Peppers.
  • The Nutritional Benefits of Red Peppers

    Known as capsicum in some parts of the world, bell peppers are most commonly found in red, yellow, orange or green varieties. The difference in colours are a result of the different antioxidant compounds that are rich in each, which have the capacity to reflect different types of light and thus explain their colouration.

                                 


    Orange peppers, for example, are high in a compound known as beta-carotene – the Vitamin A precursor which also found in rich supply in carrots. Yellow peppers, are on the other hand, are high in a compound known as lutein which is also present in
    egg yolks. Lutein is thought to be uniquely beneficial for vision and eye health.
    As you can see, bell peppers really encapsulate the age old nutrition adage that “variety is the spice of life”. They are also valuable from the perspective they can be enjoyed with great ease raw owing to their natural crunch and sweetness, which cannot be said of all types of vegetables.  Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.


    Fun Fact: Bell peppers have an incredible amount of Vitamin C, making them a very useful food for vegans to pair with plant-based iron sources ( lentils, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh) to help improve iron absorption.  In addition to a vast amount of heart protective antioxidants, bell peppers are high in potassium (lowers blood pressure) and soluble fibre (lowers cholesterol) both of are essential for good
    heart health. The Heart Health Benefits of Bell Peppers: featuring Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, and Sarah Ware, Registered Dietician.

                               

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