Green Bell Peppers Packing Punch to Fajitas

bell peppersOne of the main things you’ll get when you order our fantastic fajitas at Cool Hand Luke’s is a sizzling plate of meat, onions, and bell peppers. All of them full of flavor, and all a necessary component to make for a great plate of fajitas.

When you pile on those bell peppers into your fajitas, did you know you’re getting a whole ton of health in the mix with it all? Below are a few of the finer points of what bell peppers bring to the table, outside of their fantastic flavor…


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 moreĀ  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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