How to Select the Best Tasting Bell Peppers?

Bell peppers are actually one of my favorite vegetables to consume. That would be surprising to hear for those who are close to me since I grew up not liking my vegetables. It took me a while to break out of that habit and to develop a more healthy eating style. I was the type of person who would rather eat cookies, cakes, ice cream, and candy for my snacks.

One of the main reasons that really helped me grow a liking for bell peppers are the different colors! Bell peppers can come in colors like green, yellow, orange, red, and sometimes even purple! This often tricks my mind into thinking that I am eating candy! It also helps to know the health benefits of eating them.

Bell Peppers Contain A Lot of Nutrition

Bell peppers can contain many nutrients like:

  • Vitamin A – great for vision
  • Vitamin B – great for helping with formation of red blood cells
  • Vitamin C – great for immunity, wound healing, and maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, and bone health
  • Vitamin E – for healthy nerves and muscles
  • Vitamin K – important for blood clotting functions and bone health
  • Potassium – great for heart health and preventing muscle cramps
  • Fiber – great for preventing constipation
  • Folate – important nutrient for bodily functions and also during pregnancy for proper fetal development
  • Iron – essential for making hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen on red blood cells
  • Lycopene – a type of antioxidant

These are just some of the main nutrients found in bell peppers.

Not All Bell Peppers Are the Same

Of the different colors of bell peppers, green you can say is the only one that is NOT sweet. The reason for this is because the green bell pepper is not ripe! If you give time for the “green” bell pepper to ripen before picking it, it would eventually become either yellow, orange, red, or sometimes even purple. These are the colors that are considered ripe and that is where you can start to taste the sweetness of it (the other reason why I like this vegetable).

But, have you ever noticed that even though red, yellow, and orange bell peppers are fully ripe, some often taste better than others? Sometimes they taste sweeter while others are just a bit on the blander side with not much flavor?

Now this is not just coincidence. There is actually a trick to select the best tasting bell pepper!

How to Select Bell Peppers for the Best Taste?

If you ever really tried looking at the anatomical features of the bell pepper (and particular the bottom), you will notice bumps at the bottom of the vegetable (opposite of the side with the stem). You will typically notice either 3 or 4 bumps (these are the most common, but at times you might even see 2 or even 5 on rare occasions).

  • If you are planning to eat bell peppers raw…
    • You should choose bell peppers that have 4 bumps on the bottom. The bell pepper with 4 bumps tend to be sweeter (and also has more seeds).
  • If you are planning to cook the bell peppers…
    • You should choose the ones that have 3 bumps on the bottom. These tend to be better for cooking.

Is this Trick 100% Fool Proof?

No, there is still a small chance that the bell pepper with 4 bumps may still taste bland when eaten raw. This is most likely due to the fact that it was picked before it had a chance to fully ripen. But hey, you still ate your vegetables and you got your daily dose of nutrients right?

Is it Possible to Eat Too Many Bell Peppers?

Although bell peppers carry A LOT of nutrients and since they taste great, you may be tempted to just overstuff yourself with it. But something to keep in mind though is that they are also known for carrying a protein called lectin. Lectin is known for protecting the plant from predators who eat them. So when one consumes a high dose of lectin, it is thought to potentially lead to issues of inflammatory bowel syndrome (leaky gut syndrome).

Leaky gut syndrome is where there is inflammation in the gut lining which allows certain foods, toxins, or bacteria to leak into other areas like the bloodstream. This can potentially causes more health issues. Here is a video on the science behind lectins.

Lectin Video By Dr. Steven Gundry

Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Symptoms can include:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Stomach cramps
  • Difficulty with concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Skin problems (acne, rash, eczema)
  • Weight gain
  • Arthritic pain

What Foods Contain High Lectins?

  • Beans and legumes (peanuts, lentils, cashews, etc.)
  • Squash (Pumpkin, Zucchini etc.)
  • Grains, even gluten-free (rice, barley, quinoa, etc.)
  • Nightshade vegetables (bell peppers, tomatoes, egg plants, potatoes, etc.)
  • Fruit (that is out of season)

If you are concerned about leaky gut syndrome, there is a supplement you can try called Total Restore. It is designed by the same person, Dr. Steven Gundry, MD. It works by removing lectins out of your system and essentially creating a healthier gut.

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My Experiences with Total Restore

I am someone who just doesn’t have a healthy gut to begin with. I do feel bloated often and had weight issues in the past. I also had problems with concentration often and felt fatigue. When I ran into the video by Dr. Steven Gundry, I decided to check it out. When I finally got my shipment of Total Restore and took it for a few weeks. I did notice more energy and better concentration within myself.

In order to make sure it wasn’t a placebo effect, I did try NOT taking the supplement for some time too. Guess what? My sluggishness, difficulties with concentration, and bloating came back. But to be honest, I can get quite lazy and grew accustomed to those symptoms and stopped the supplement (it can be a bit pricey).

On the bright side, I currently have Intermittent Fasting (IF) which helps me with my health and concentration too. Binaural beats therapy helps with my brain health too.

Recently, I am thinking about going back to using Total Restore again in the near future. Maybe now I can test the potency of it when combined with IF and binaural beats therapy.

Summary

Interesting how this post was meant to be about picking the best bell pepper to eat but it took a turn into gut health talk. But you know, I really don’t think there is a perfect food that exists. Although healthy foods contain your desired nutrients, just somehow, they also seem to contain something that is not very desirable.

I think the key to anything in life is always about finding balance and doing things in moderation. Even the overconsumption of water can be dangerous because it can lead to a condition called hyponatremia (volume of water overpowers the amount of salts in the body).

Anyways, if you really enjoy bell peppers, you should still continue to enjoy them and there are tips for selecting the best ones for the best taste depending on if you want to eat it raw or cooked. BUT…if you are concerned about the lectin issue, there is always the Total Restore that you can try too. I found it to be helpful for my health and I hope that it can help you too if you notice or struggle with symptoms of leaky gut syndrome.

Did you enjoy this article? Did you try Total Restore and how did it go for you? Please leave a comment below!

18 thoughts on “How to Select the Best Tasting Bell Peppers?”

  1. I’m hearing about bell peppers for the first time, though I am used to this type of vegetable but never recognized it by that name. If I would have to develop a habit of eating bell peppers, it will be because of the vitamins it contains, especially vitamins A and C. I need Vitamin A for good and healthy vision and Vitamin C for immune booster, skin and bone health, and heal up wounds so quickly.

    Although bell peppers taste well, it shouldn’t be overused, whether eating raw or using it for cooking. Too many things aren’t good. It comes with unfavorable side effects. Thanks.

    Joyce

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    • Hello there, Joyce! Bell peppers definitely contain a lot of nutrition! And you are right like with anything, they shouldn’t be overused. Balance and moderation is always key!

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  2. The topic is one that I will never have thought of. It is very much needed for someone like me, lol. The trick is wonderful, to start with because someone like me will take the papers no matter how they come, I love bell peppers. I will use this trick to pay more attention when I’m buying peppers. 

    Thank you for recommending the foods in high lectin. it is very useful to my nutrition plan. thank you so much. 

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  3. Hi Mike, I’m also a huge fan of eating bell peppers. I’ve always loved the different colors they came in. And I never knew about how healthy and nutrient-rich these colorful vegetables are until I read your article. I’ve always eaten bell peppers cooked and adding them to all types of curries only enhances the flavor of the food. But I never knew that overeating them can cause bowel issues so thank you for your insights and I’m glad for finding your helpful advice. I will definitely try the supplement you recommend for improving my gut health and let you know how it went.

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    • Hello there, Aman! Bell peppers are great sources of nutrition. I think one time I did go overboard to force myself to eat more vegetables. One day I had some stomach pains and I couldn’t figure out why and bell peppers were the least of my suspicion. It wasn’t until I randomly ran into Dr. Steven Gundry that it finally hit me.

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  4. I have been buying bell peppers for my daughters but I never knew how to really choose them. I just make sure they look good on the outside and when I give it a little squeeze, it doesn’t feel too soft. But I ain’t sure at all whether that is even correct. So it is good to learn a trick from this article that choosing bell peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom for cooking is better for cooking. And it is wonderful to know that this is a very nutritious vegetable!

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    • Hello there, Richard! I am glad you were able to learn something from my article about selecting bell peppers! Do be a little careful with consuming too much though. Always do things in moderation.

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  5. I use bell peppers all the time. The red ones I use in my tomato stew and the other colours I use in fried rice, stir fries and salads. I knew bell peppers had bumps but I never knew the bumps were of such a significance. It would be very interesting to see a purple bell pepper, we don’t have them in my locality. I will be careful not to eat too much bell peppers. Thanks for this post Mike. 

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    • Hello there, Juliet! I have yet to see a purple bell pepper one day too! Hopefully your meals prepped with bell peppers will be even more tasty now!

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  6. Oh, thank you for writing this useful tip. I didn’t know that the green ones are unripe! A long time ago, I ate the green one and it caused my mind to associate the bell pepper with bitter vegetables. I always thought that the bell peppers are bitter so I hate to eat them, no matter what colors I eat. Maybe I’ll try to taste them later. 

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    • Hello there, Alblue! I was like that too! The green bell peppers were the first kind I tried and it was the most bitter, unsweet kind so I assumed all peppers were like that. 

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  7. Hey Mike! Great informative topic on selecting good tasting Bell Peppers. I always find it quite tricky when navigating between vegetables to getting the best tasting ones! With organic bell peppers and vegetables being a good choice for taste and health wise in my thinking, as its free from harmful chemicals and so forth.

    Just to weigh in, I really find bell peppers as a great source of natural nutrition and they supplement well with a classic salad! Personally, I would pick a few ripe ones and green ones at my famers market, they are indeed a colourful bunch of vegetables that decors my other dishes/vegetables well when mixed together! hahaha! 

    Wow, I didn’t know Lectin could lead to leaky gut syndrome. Thanks for the heads up as I was unaware of the dangers of over consuming lectin, in which case I will try to reduce on beans, nightshade greens and grains which is what I like to prepare for meals.

    I would look into the Total Restore also, seems like a positive program that can improve overall wellbeing. I’ve heard of intermittent fasting and listening to binaural beats, having tried binaural beats it does help calm myself down which I guess its a good step to mental well-being. Would love to hear about your experience and results with intermittent fasting! As its really trending around many people I know.

    Thanks for the helpful info in choosing vegetables, it really provided valuable insights to selecting the right bell peppers for taste! 

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    • Hello there joeyoung! I agree, it can be quite tricky when it comes to navigating between vegetables to pick the best tasting ones. Some kinds I know a few tricks here and there, some kinds I just pick freshest looking one, and some I just grab without thinking twice. I do sometimes grab the green ones too so I have that color variation in my dishes. 

      My results with intermittent fasting are pretty good so far. I went from 210 lbs down to 174 lb but right now I am at around 180 lb due to some bulking up and back to eating twice a day (a 16:8 hour fast vs a 22:2 hour one).

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  8. My other half hates Bell Peppers ( all colors) and therefore I don’t get to eat them as much as I would like. I do all the cooking in the house. She would probably disown me if I slipped some of those in dinner. Thanks for the tips. Next Time I am cooking for one, I will use these tips in picking up some nice red bell peppers. I like the non-ripe green ones too!  Cut them up and thrown them on a pizza. 

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    • Hello there, Rich! Sorry you don’t get to eat bell peppers as much as you wanted to. I am sure your other half really appreciates the effort you put in to consider her needs. I also love bell peppers (any color) in my pizza.

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  9. Hi. what an amazing article this is, so much about peppers!! Very informative, I enjoyed reading it, very nice choice of colourful images too. More so surprising was to learn about peppers and the relation to leaking gut, I was totally oblivious of that. Thank you for such great post.

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    • Hello there, Tania! Thank you for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed the article. Bell peppers and leaky gut was a huge surprise for me too.

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