Bell pepper benefits and virtues
The pepper or Capsicum annuum, belongs to the family of the Solanaceae.
It is native to Central America and is part of the pepper family.
Chili and bell pepper are the fruits of the same plant, which is why bell pepper is also known as “sweet bell pepper”.
There are 3 main varieties of peppers: square, rectangular or triangular.
Initially all green, they change color during their growth to yellow, red, orange, purple or black.
They are produced in France, Brittany, PACA and Aquitaine. They are present all year round in our markets. This fruit, which is integrated in our kitchens, is versatile, offering its properties for our health and beauty.
Pepper, for the record:
Peppers have been grown for thousands of years. It was domesticated in Mexico 5000 years ago, the seeds were found during archaeological excavations.
Pepper arrived in the 15th century in Spain and then spread to the rest of Europe.
Pepper and its benefits:
Peppers are ideal for diets! Indeed, it only provides 20 kcal/100g and will be quickly satiated. It also contains capsaicin, which has the property of reducing the growth of cells in fatty tissue. It is a very good anti-cellulite.
Peppers against cancer: Peppers also have antioxidant properties. Thanks to the vitamin C present in very large quantities (126 mg/100g), it slows down aging and the appearance of cancer cells. It also protects the body from infections by strengthening our immune system.
Pepper and its antioxidants fight against free radicals and also limit cardiovascular disease and the accumulation of bad cholesterol in the arteries.
The red bell pepper is more interesting than the green one.
Its vitamin C content covers 100% of our daily needs – perfect for preventing fatigue!
Green bell pepper also contains vitamin K, which is essential for the coagulation process.
While the yellow bell pepper contains vitamin B6, which is involved in the nervous system.
Peppers also contain beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, which plays a role in vision and gives a glowing complexion.
It is also rich in water (90%), besides being very refreshing the pepper is a good diuretic. It avoids water retention.
At a digestive level: pepper has stomach virtues. The fiber combined with water takes care of the stomach and gastric tissues.
Pepper ensures good intestinal transit, reduces flatulence and eliminates intestinal parasites. Peppers are recommended in case of digestive disorders or gastric ulcers.
Peppers can promote better learning and stimulate memory. In fact, it is a source of luteolin, which limits brain inflammation and prevents cell degeneration.
Pepper also has antiseptic, stimulating and decongesting virtues.
Peppers in the kitchen:
Although it is a fruit, pepper is cooked like a vegetable.
Raw, they are less easy to digest and can cause some intestinal discomfort and irritate your fragile bowels. I prefer to eat them cooked and without skin.
A thousand and one ways to enjoy peppers! A few gourmet ideas:
- Raw, they make your salads crunchy.
- Grilled at the barbecue, they add color to your skewers.
- Stuffed peppers with a preparation of rice, onions, tomatoes, chicken and some aromatic herbs
Find our delicious stuffed bell pepper recipes
Marinated or cooked in ratatouille. Red pepper can be ground. A good idea to season and decorate your dishes.
Cooked, pepper will bring you essential minerals and trace elements beneficial to your body.
- These are our tips for growing peppers well
Pepper, beauty tips:
Good for your health, pepper is also healthy for your hair, your skin.
A natural hair mask: Mix a green bell pepper with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Put the mask on your hair for 30 minutes and rinse. It will accelerate the growth of your hair.
A mask for acne-prone skin: mix a bell pepper and a cucumber. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse off.
Choice and storage of the peppers:
Choose a pepper that is firm, soft and shiny and has a well attached stem.
Keeps up to 8 days in the fridge. Or at room temperature.
Suggestion to peel the peppers more easily: Heat them in your oven until they swell. Then wrap them with a damp paper towel – the skin of the peppers will stick to the paper.