Bell pepper has the highest concentration of vitamin C, but if you have this disease you are not allowed to consume it!
Bell pepper is one of the most common vegetables consumed by humans. It is cultivated almost everywhere, being a plant that can easily adapt to various natural environments.
It can be eaten both in its natural form and pickled, fried or baked, or as an ingredient in various dishes.
Bell pepper is a legume plant that is part of the Capsicum family, alongside the many varieties of hot pepper. This is the only legume in this family that does not have a spicy taste.
From this plant we only consume the fruit, which has the shape of a bell and knows a variety of colours. In Romania, the most common are red, yellow and orange peppers. The fruits of this vegetable grow on a branched basis, with only one plant producing more peppers at the same time.
This vegetable has its origins in South America and has been cultivated since 5000 years ago. Bell pepper was brought to Europe by Spanish and Portuguese explorers during Christopher Columbus’ time, and was then spread throughout the world.
Here are some of the benefits of eating bell peppers:
Bell peppers provide you with a great deal of vitamin requirements and contains substances that help slimming, relieve pain, and even protect against cancer.
Also, bell pepper is one of the most important natural sources of vitamin A and C, and red pepper in particular contains many fibre, folate, vitamin K and minerals that protect the body from numerous digestive disorders.
The low calories of bell pepper makes this vegetable the perfect ally against excess kilos, so do not be afraid to include it in the diet.
Here is a short list of the vitamins and nutrients in the composition of bell pepper and their beneficial effects:
Vitamin A – protects vision, distances infections and improves sperm quality.
Vitamin C – can reduce the chances of developing tumours, lower the risk of cataracts, and restore the level of collagen in the skin, ensuring skin elasticity and firmness.
Vitamin B6 and magnesium – vital to maintaining functions including cerebral activity and immune system, helps relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, have a diuretic effect, prevent bloating and maintain blood pressure within normal limits.
Lutein and zeaxanthin – substances that slow the process of muscular degeneration and prevent visual disturbances.
Beta carotene – an antioxidant that effectively protects against breast cancer.
Lycopene – significantly reduces the risk of ovarian, prostate or pancreatic cancer.
Although it is a treasure in our refrigerator, if you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux you are not allowed to consume it. Take the following recommendations into consideration:
Stop consuming tobacco (any form) because nicotine weakens your lower oesophageal muscle.
Avoid chewing gum and eating hard candies. When you consume these foods you swallow a lot of air that leads to eructation and gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Do not stretch right after a meal. Avoid late snacks.
Avoid bending straight after a meal. Do not wear tight clothes.
It is preferable to eat a little and often rather than a lot and once.
If you are overweight, lose your extra pounds. Obesity worsens gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Do not sleep lying down, but with your head slightly elevated on a pillow.