You may wonder why certain foods are on the level 1 food list and others are not. This is primarily because the level 1 foods help calm the body which leads to it functioning at a much higher capacity. For more information on this check out this article: Why These Foods for Level 1
In order to give you more specific information about level 1 foods, at Betr health we are highlighting one food each week! This week's nutritional highlight goes to Bell Peppers! These delicious veggies come in all sizes and colors. All are great for you, with some slight variances.
For example, red peppers have the most nutrients because they've been harvested longer. Red bell peppers have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than green peppers. Now, let's take a look at the specific health benefits in more detail!
1.Help with Weight loss- Bell peppers are low in calories. One cup has about 45 calories, so make sure to add them to your salad or dinner next time!
2. Immune System Boost- Bell peppers are high in vitamin C, which boosts your immune system. Apart from this bell peppers have a good dosage of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
3. Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Benefits- Bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which have great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
4. Help Reduce Bad Cholesterol and Control Diabetes - Capsaicin found in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. According to studies it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol and helps control diabetes. Not only this, but it helps relieve pain and ease inflammation in the body.
5. Protect the Nervous system and Protect against certain cancers- Sulfur is found in bell peppers, which helps control and protect against certain types of cancers. Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and helps renew cells.
Not convinced yet? Check out the nutritional profile of bell peppers. This graph is found here.
These are only the top 5 health benefits of Bell Peppers; there are so many more! Make sure to include this juicy fruit in future meals!