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Big boosts from bell peppers

Bell PeppersThere are a handful of things you can find on our menu at Huckleberry’s that feature bell peppers. From our a few of our omelets to our skillet breakfasts, bell peppers are going to be in play with a lot of what you order. And why not? With the flavor they unleash into a meal when cooked in with it, who wouldn’t want these to be a part of their meal?

In case you needed a little more motivation to get these into your meal, bell peppers are also very rich in what they bring to the table health-wise. Some of the finer points about what you’ll get from them might be lesser-known to many, and to help you know more about the health that accompanies the great taste of bell peppers, below is a little rundown of those perks.
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Fiber

A 1-cup serving of green bell peppers contains 2.5 grams of fiber toward the daily recommendation of 21 to 25 grams for women and the 30 to 38 grams for men. When you take in enough fiber on a daily basis, your digestive system works more efficiently, which means you’re less likely to get constipated or develop hemorrhoids. Getting enough fiber reduces your risk of heart disease and diabetes as well. Fiber might also help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight because it keeps you full, which can help prevent you from eating too much.

Vitamins C and E

You need between 75 and 90 milligrams of vitamin C per day, and one cup of chopped green bell peppers provides 119.8 milligrams. When you get enough vitamin C, you’re less likely to develop infections, and your skin, teeth, gums and blood vessels are healthier and work more  efficiently. The same serving of chopped green bell peppers contains 0.55 milligrams of vitamin E toward the 15 milligrams you should take in every day. Vitamin E helps protect your cells from damage and supports a strong immune system.

Health Benefits

Eating a diet rich in vegetables, including green bell peppers, reduces your risk of certain chronic illnesses. A 2006 article published in the “Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine” reports that the antioxidants in vegetables reduce free radical damage. Free radicals are compounds that cause cell damage that can lead to inflammation, heart problems and cancer. While red bell peppers contain larger amounts of antioxidants, green bell peppers are a significant source as well. Green bell peppers also contain zeaxanthin, which keeps your eyes healthy and might reduce your risk of age-related eye disorders.
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Check out some more of these health perks with the full article here: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-green-bell-peppers-4245.html

And give one of our entrées with bell peppers a try the next time you swing into our neck of the woods at Huckleberry’s!