Beta-carotene is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids provide approximately 50% of the vitamin A needed in the American diet. Beta-carotene can be found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It can also be made in a laboratory.
Beta-carotene is used to decrease asthma symptoms caused by exercise; to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration (AMD); and to treat AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and skin disorders including psoriasis and vitiligo. [Source: NIH]
When shopping for bell peppers, many stores will carry a variety of colors including green, red, yellow and orange. I've even seen purple bell peppers. Red bell peppers are a more mature version of the other colors and has some nice nutritional characteristics. Green bell peppers have 340 mcg of beta-carotene per cup while red bell peppers have 840 mcg. Also, green bell peppers have 12% of the daily value of Vitamin A while red bell peppers have 105%. Red bell peppers also have more Vitamin C than green bell peppers [Source]. Beta-carotene is an anti-oxidant described here:
So if you haven't tried cooking with bell peppers before, try adding them to your stir-fries, salads, soups, or roasted vegetable recipes. If you're used to using green bell peppers, try mixing in red bell peppers and check out the flavor. They provide nice color and taste and deliver a good dose vitamins and anti-oxidants.
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I wrote a mini cookbook titled, "Make Simple Vegan Meals" because I wanted to share my recipes with other vegans, vegetarians, and those who enjoy all vegetable meals.
I enjoy the food I cook and following a vegan diet has made me feel good and given me tons of positive energy. I want to transmit this energy to the greater community.
The vegan lifestyle has also made me more interested in the environment, nutrition, and health which all seem to go together.
This blog focuses on these issues and attempts to provide info or direct you to information sources related to these subjects.
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Make Simple Vegan Meals