Red Bell Pepper
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Cook With Red Bell Pepper: Nutrition, Tips & Silly Food Facts

RED BELL PEPPER

Silly Food Fact

Did you know that Bell Peppers are actually a fruit and not a vegetable?  They also come from the same plant.  As a bell pepper matures, it turns from green to red.  That’s why the red ones are sweeter!

Why Our Bodies Love It

Studies have shown that red bell peppers have significantly higher levels of nutrients than green bell peppers. Red bell peppers contain lycopene, which is a carotene that help protect against cancer and heart disease.

Care and Picking

To pick a good red bell pepper, make sure its skin is firm without any wrinkles, the stem is green and it feels heavy for its size.  Avoid any bell peppers that have black spots.  Red bell peppers store best when placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Check out this great video on how to pick a red bell pepper.

 

Tips and Warnings

Although bell peppers store very well and can last up to a week, if they start to get mushy or have an odor, discard.

See more tips and storage ideas here.

One cup chopped red bell pepper =
1 g of Protein
9 g of Carbohydrate
4666 IU of Vitamin A
190 mg of Vitamin C
.4 mg of B6
68.5 mcg of Folate
314 mg of Potassium

 

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