In this part of the world, pepper is popular in cooking. As a matter of fact, it is almost impossible to prepare a dish without making use pepper.
History of pepper:
Pepper is a vegetable plant. The name comes from the Greek word “kapto” which means “to bite” or “to swallow”. There are different types of peppers, and we use them as food vegetables, spices, and in medicine.
The different types of pepper have there different countries or states of origin, the place of origin of capsicum is Western hemisphere, and it was known and used there as food since 7500 BC.
Chilli -now known as “chile”, on the other hand, originates from the Nahuatl (the language spoken by Aztecs) word “chilli” or “xilli”, which was a name of the older variant of capsicum which was grown by Aztecs some 5000 years ago. e.t.c
Amazing health benefits of pepper.
1. Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 and folate . Both these vitamins and minerals can help prevent anemia.
2. Burn more calories with red bell peppers. Recent research has shown that sweet red peppers can activate thermogenesis and increase metabolic rate . Red bell peppers do not contain capsaicin, which is what makes peppers hot and causes us to sweat, but they do have a mild thermogenic action that increases our metabolism without increasing our heart rate and blood pressure like the hot peppers do.
3. Controls cholesterol
Another benefit of capsaicin: A study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that adding hot chilis to daily meals may protect against the buildup of cholesterol in the blood compared with eating a bland diet. (The hotter the chili, the more capsaicin.)
4. Lowers risk of breast cancer
Toss a sliced red pepper into a salad for about a third of your daily carotenoid needs . Research reported in the International Journal of Cancer in 2009 found that premenopausal women who ate two or more servings of foods rich in carotenoids each day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Why? Carotenoids can interfere with estrogen’s signalling ability.
5. Red bell peppers are packed with antioxidants. The combined effects of vitamin A and C create a great antioxidant capacity, and with lycopene in the mix, the red bell pepper becomes a top notch superfood. Lycopene is what makes tomatoes and peppers red. Red peppers are one of the highest veggies in lycopene, which has been shown to help prevent many cancers including prostate and lung.