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Achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle incorporating beautifully hued sweet bell peppers in your daily diet

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

Using bell peppers for losing weight is a smart idea – they’re low in calories, contain loads of vitamin A, C and K and fill you up with their fibre content. You can eat them as much as you like because you consume fewer calories in each bite. They’re incredibly low in everything you don’t require and a powerhouse of things you do.

Bell peppers are top on the list among the vegetables for losing weight. You’ll love their crunch and convenience – no peeling, just washing, chopping and adding. You’ll love them roasted, grilled, semi-cooked or over-cooked. This vegetable is best to spice up bland dishes though not having that spicy image. They’re wildly healthy. Just think of all that antioxidant, carotenoid, phytonutrient and fibre. They’re tasty and versatile and you can put them in almost anything. Sprinkle them in fry pan with assorted vegetables or throw them on pizzas, pastas, burgers, hot dogs or add them in omelette, salad, soup or any Chinese, Mexican or Italian dish. The brilliant vegetable melds into whatever you’re cooking. Toss it with green salad having lots of different leaves. You can whip up a bowl quickly and have a drizzle of dressing over it. A green salad contains no fat at all and has plenty of phytonutrient.

The fleshy veggie comes in many different hues – red, green, yellow, orange, purple and brown. It supplies hardly any kilojoules. The sweet peppers contain substances that have been shown to increase the body’s heat production and oxygen consumption for about 20 minutes after eating. It enables your body to burn extra calories. So, they’re great for weight-loss. Even if you eat one full cup of them, you get just about 45 calories giving you more than your daily quota of vitamin A and C to power up your immune system and keep skin radiant and youthful.

Get used to the taste of this lovely vegetable. It will help reduce your calorie intake and add to your intake of healthy nutrients. Health benefits of brightly-coloured bell peppers go way beyond their stunning look. Besides weight-loss, they reduce bad cholesterol, control diabetes, protect from certain types of cancers, make your hair healthy, bring relief from pain and inflammation, help renew cells, protect the eyes from cataract and macular degeneration.

Buy them when out shopping, start experimenting in your kitchen with them to find an amazing veggie creation that you love. Bell peppers are delicious raw as well. Chew lots of raw or semi-cooked. They should be quick to grab and munch on. For dieters, they’re a dream food. People who eat large serves of bell peppers may experience more happiness, contentment and well-being.

Punch up the flavour and nutritional content of your diet with colourful bell peppers