Top 5 health benefits of capsicum – BBC News Africa

  • Written by Keri Torres – Nutritionist
  • BBC Food

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What is sweet pepper?

Capsicum fruit and a member of the nightshade family Along with eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes, sweet peppers are also called “bell peppers.” Capsicums are a relative of the pungent chili peppers, which can be eaten raw or cooked and are a nutritious addition to the meal.

Check out our full range of health benefit guides and also take a look at some of our delicious pepper recipes, from roasted peppers with tomatoes and anchovies to chili beans and roasted peppers.

Nutritional benefits of sweet pepper

80 grams of red pepper (raw) provides:

  • 17 kcal / 71 kJ
  • 0.6 g protein
  • 0.2 g fat
  • 3.4 g carbs
  • 1.8 grams of fiber
  • 173 mg potassium
  • 60 mcg folic acid
  • 101 mg Vitamin C

Interestingly, the nutritional value of sweet peppers varies according to their colour, with the red varieties providing more potassium, vitamin C and folic acid than their yellow, orange or green counterparts. However, unripe green peppers are richer than their ripe red counterparts in protective plant compounds known as polyphenols.

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