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Peppers

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Description

Peppers fall into two categories, sweet (or mild) and hot (or chile).

Once thought by the Europeans in the 1600’s to cure digestive problems and ulcers, modern medicine now proves that peppers contain numerous phytonutrients that provide an array of health benefits.

The many varieties of sweet and hot peppers include the sweet bell peppers, banana peppers, cubanelle and pimiento as well as the hot cayenne, jalapeno, chipotle, habanero, and Scotch bonnet, to name a few.

Peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C. And if you choose red peppers you’ll also get a dose of lycopene; hot peppers provide the phytonutrient capsaicin.

No matter what type of pepper you pick, be sure it's organic. Peppers are one of the most chemically contaminated crops and on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen.

Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=923 and 791

*Green peppers (923) versus red peppers (791)

 

Selecting & Storing

Choose peppers that are firm, have a brightly colored, shiny skin, which are heavy for their size. Store peppers in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Special diets
  • Gluten-Free Diet
  • Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Diet
  • Grain-Free Diet
  • High Protein Diet
  • Low FODMAP Diet
  • Low Histamine Diet
  • Paleo Diet (Light)
  • Paleo Diet (Strict)
  • Pescetarian Diet
  • Primal Diet
  • Vegetarian Diet
  • Whole Food
Benefits
Excellent Source of
  • VitaminC
Good Source of
  • VitaminB6
Preferences
  • No Pork
  • No Eggs
  • No Shellfish
  • No Gluten
  • No Nuts
  • No Seeds
  • No Soy
  • No Dairy
  • No Poultry
  • No Fish
  • No Red Meat
  • No Molds
  • No Citrus
  • No Coconut
  • No Pseudograins
  • No Corn
  • No Yeast
  • No Peanuts
  • No Legumes
  • No Grains
  • Low Carbohydrate
  • Low Cholesterol
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • Low Sugars
  • Low Saturated Fat
Nutrition & Macros
Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 cup(s) sliced

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Calories: 18

Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 8 : 1

Macronutrients
Amount
Total Fat
0.16 g
Saturated Fat
0.05 g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.01 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.06 g
Trans Fat
0 g
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3)
7 g
ALA
7 mg
EPA
0 mg,
DHA
0 mg,
Conjugated Linoleic Acid(CLA)
0 mg
Cholesterol
0 mg
Total Carbohydrate
4.27 g
Net Carbohydrate
2.71 g
Sugars
2.21 g
Fiber
1.56 g
Protein
0.79 g
Sugar Alcohols
0 g
Vitamins
Amount
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A
340.4 IU
7%
Vitamin C
73.97 mg
123%
Vitamin D
0 IU
0%
Vitamin E
0.34 IU
1%
Vitamin B6
0.21 mg
10%
Vitamin B12
0 mcg
0%
Vitamin K
6.81 mg
9%
Folate
9.2 mcg
2%
Niacin
0.44 mg
2%
Riboflavin
0.03 mg
2%
Thiamin
0.05 mg
3%
Choline
5.06 mg
1%
Minerals
Calcium
9.2 mg
1%
Copper
0.06 mg
3%
Iron
0.31 mg
2%
Magnesium
9.2 mg
2%
Manganese
0.11 mg
6%
Phosphorous
18.4 mg
2%
Potassium
161 mg
5%
Selenium
0 mcg
0%
Sodium
2.76 mg
0%
Zinc
0.12 mg
1%
Phytonutrients
Alpha-carotene
19.32 mcg
Beta-carotene
191.36 mcg
Beta-cryptoxanthin
6.44 mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin
313.72 mcg
Lycopene
0 mcg

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