Hot peppers are low in calories and high in beneficial vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. You may not eat a lot of hot peppers at one sitting, but they can have a positive cumulative effect on your health.
Here is the nutrition information for one representative raw chile pepper, like you might have in a salad or a slaw:
Here are some of the compounds in hot peppers:
Vitamin A. Your body needs vitamin A for healthy vision, cell growth, immune system health, and reproductive health.
Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient that supports metabolic health.
Vitamin C. The vitamin C in hot peppers is an antioxidant necessary for immune system and skin health. Hot peppers actually have twice the vitamin C as the same amount of citrus—but you’re probably not likely to eat quite the same quantity of peppers as you might an orange. Still, peppers are a great source of this antioxidant.
Iron. Iron helps transport oxygen in your red blood cells. One serving of hot peppers provides 6% of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA).
Fiber. Hot peppers are high in fiber, which is essential for a healthy diet.
Manganese. Manganese is an essential trace element; one serving of hot peppers provides 20% of the RDA.
Potassium. Potassium is important for heart health.
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