Capsicums one of my go-to colourful fruits (yes, fruit). Not only do they instantly brighten up any stir fry, but they are also packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and flavour and, they are low in calories!
Capsicums are an exceptional source of vitamin C. One medium red capsicum contains well over 150% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin C (some sources list it as containing 253%!). Vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant that aids in skin health, cell health, DNA health and ageing in general (just to list a few functions). Vitamin A is also quite abundant in capsicum. A medium red capsicum contains between 16-75% of the RDI, providing yet another amazing antioxidant, supporting skin health, eye health, bone health and immunity in general (to name a few functions).
In addition to this, it is also quite a good source of vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E and vitamin K.
Not only is capsicum rich in certain vitamins, but it is also rich in specific antioxidants, particularly carotenoids. Capsanthin, violaxanthin, lutein, quercitin and luteolin are well-known antioxidants with well-known health benefits, including eye health, joint health, heart disease, cholesterol health and anti-inflammatory benefits.
If you are worried about ageing, skin health or chronic health conditions, consider capsicum; it contains a punch full of protective compounds.
Capsicum is extremely versatile – you can enjoy it grilled, sautéed, stir fried, in soups, in sauces and even raw!
It’s currently in season and should be eaten!
(Unless you have issues with the nightshade family… you should know who you are)