Yesterday, I took my daughter to the local Bluebird Market to buy some fresh, local vegetables. She loves green peppers and will eat them for a snack anytime of day. Anyway, we both learned something new from our local farmer, James, who sold us our first ever “Chocolate” bell pepper. He promised we would love it. Now, just to be clear, it doesn’t taste like chocolate, but it is a beautiful chocolate brown. We also bought green, yellow, and purple peppers.
So, today as my daughter is scarfing down the entire yellow pepper (and only offers me one small piece) she asks, “Are these good for you?”
I replied, “I’m sure they are… and thanks for the blog post idea.”
So, I did some research to find out the health benefits of sweet peppers and found this very informative article. Here’s a short excerpt. By the way, the chocolate bell pepper was delicious.
Colorful Protection Against Free Radicals
Want to color your life healthy? Brightly colored bell peppers, whether green, red, orange or yellow, are rich sources of some of the best nutrients available. To start, peppers are excellent sources of vitamin C and vitamin A (through its concentration of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), two very powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants work together to effectively neutralize free radicals, which can travel through the body causing huge amounts of damage to cells. Free radicals are major players in the build up of cholesterol in the arteries that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, the nerve and blood vessel damage seen in diabetes, the cloudy lenses of cataracts, the joint pain and damage seen in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and the wheezing and airway tightening of asthma. By providing these two potent free radical destroyers, bell peppers may help prevent or reduce some of the symptoms of these conditions by shutting down the source of the problem.
If you are a gardener, I found a few suppliers online who sell Chocolate Bell Pepper Seeds: