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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Bell Peppers

I find the name Bell Pepper to be kind of misleading. The taste of this fruit does not even come close to being spicy, hot, or peppery. The taste varies depending on the color. Green peppers are fresh and slightly bitter. Red, yellow, orange and white peppers, often have a more sweeter taste. The color depends on the ripeness of the peppers: the riper they are the lighter the color.

A Bell Pepper also goes by the name Paprika. Even though everyone knows what you mean when referring to green, red and yellow peppers, the ground spice can only be bought under the name of paprika.

Bell peppers, with 30 calories, are members of the nightshade family, which includes potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant.

Fresh red bell peppers have a higher antioxidant capacity than their cousins and higher amounts of vitamin C (providing over 450% of the Daily Value), vitamin B6, vitamin E, fiber, vitamin A and a variety of other antioxidant carotenoids.

The unique combination of large amounts of vitamins A, C and E make red bell peppers a Superfood for your skin and immunity. Red bell peppers are also loaded with beta-cryptoxanthin, which may reduce the risk of lung cancer.

Japanese scientists found that extracts from red bell peppers have the ability to selectively target human cancer tumors, while leaving normal, healthy tissue unharmed.

Try the Roasted Tomato and Red Bell Pepper Soup for an inventive way to eat this delicious Superfood.
Source: Dole Food Facts.

Bell Peppers are also a good source for Potassium, Manganese, Thiamin, Copper, and Vitamin K.

Cooking with these peppers is pretty easy. Just cut them up and add them to any dish. Even uncooked they can make for a nice, crunchy, refreshing snack. Wash the peppers, cut off the top and take out the seeds. Cut them in small strips, or chunks and serve them either plain, or with a dip.

Served as a side dish, they also will take away the burning you experience while eating a spicy hot meal. It is refreshing and sooths the tribulation which our taste buds are exposed to.

During this earthly life we will be served with many problems. Fiery darts will relentlessly come our way. Knowing that Our Lord is always with us to comfort and strengthen us and even carry us through these troublesome times, is refreshing and sooths the tribulation which we are exposed to. :-)

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."


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