Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bell Peppers: Ringing in the Nutrients

They are lightweight vegetables bursting with nutrition. They're a classic Mediterranean vegetable brought to southern Europe from the New World by the Spanish in the 16th century and today they grow anywhere that's not too cold. Their power comes from their colours: green, purple, red, yellow, and orange are all pyhtonutrient-rich. Whichever color they have, all bell peppers are highly heart-healthy, cancer-preventive and sight-saving. They all have generous natural doses of the antioxidant vitamins A, C, B6 and folic acid all of which  protect against heart disease. Red bell peppers pack a bonus of antioxidant which gives them their color. Its specialty is cancer fighting reducing your risk of colon, cervix, bladder, pancreas, and prostate cancers. Bell peppers also offer protection against lung disease and lung cancer. What's more, the antioxidants in bell peppers help stave off age-related vision problems, such as cataracts and protect against vision loss.                                                                                                                                
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 Taste bell peppers in a variety of colors and notice the subtle flavour differences. All the colors are loaded with nutrients, so you can't go wrong. And they're healthy and tasty raw or cooked.

From The Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Guttersen, R.D., PH.D.

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