Pretty peppers! Peppers are in the nightshade family, along with tomatoes and eggplant.
- These babies are rich sources of antioxidants including vitamin C, carotene, and lycopene. The quantities of carotene and lycopene are way higher in the red peppers, and the red ones also have a lot more vitamin C compared to green ones. The green ones also tend to taste more bitter.
- Carotenoid compounds, like those found in peppers, have been studied for reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Peppers also contain vitamins A, K, E, and folate, and potassium.
- Vitamins A and E are also powerful antioxidants.
- Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and for bone health.
- Folate is needed for methylation reactions, which are important for a wide variety of biochemical processes, including making DNA!
- And our old friend potassium, it's important for helping to regulate your heartbeat and blood pressure.