Health Peppers


A great combination of vivid colours, glossy exterior, beautiful shape, crunchy texture and a tangy taste, bell peppers are rightly the jewels of the vegan world. Bringing vibrancy, sweetness and texture to our palate along with being health-friendly, bell peppers will help you stick to your clean eating resolutions as well as appeal your taste-buds. If you were to ask a nutritionist, he/she would tell that even one full cup of them equals a minimal 45 calories. The perfect reason to pledge by them!

There are many more health benefits adding to this. The Vitamin C intake in them is known to power up your immune system and keeps your glow on! Studies also reveal that they are the best ways of reducing the ‘bad’ cholesterol and lessening the sugars in diabetes. We do not need more reasons to incorporate them into our diet! You can eat them raw or coax flavours from them.

From soup to pizza, the versatile pepper can be used more often than you probably know of! The red bell pepper has the highest amount of Vitamin C compared to the other ones. So you can start off by preparing a red-pepper cauliflower soup that is light as it is delicious. Making a three pepper pizza can be another plan! Whipping up penne with peppers or stuffed bell peppers are other exciting options. Roasting them really brings out their sweetness with a lovely smokey flavour. You could try this too.

Apart from reaping the health benefits, it is essential to bear in mind that the fruit (Yes, it’s classified as a fruit. You can add this to your knowledge bank) can be sensitive to hot days and can even get scalded. Peppers should be firm with shiny, unblemished, wrinkle-free skins when you buy them, regardless of the colour. The best way to store them would be to keep them unwashed and dry moisture causes it to rot faster. You could also wash, slice or dice and portion them in freezer bags for quicker cooking.

Ramp up the nutritional intake of this fruit while you satisfy your taste, for life surely does get zesty when you have some hot sweetness to pep up your palate!

Shagufta Patel

With an academic background in Marketing, Shagufta is also an Image Advisor, Life-Skill Coach and a NLP practitioner with a penchant for writing. She intends to add value as part of the marketing team at ICCA and grow through new experiences. As passionate about food as she is about people, she believes that cultures though diverse across the globe; the one thing that holds common for nations and its folks, is that everyone loves a hearty meal prepared with love and care. Food according to her is the melting pot where all differences just vaporise and she is happy to be part of a culinary potpourri.

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