What are its benefits?
There is a lot of nutrition packed into a small amount of paprika, and its components have been shown to benefit health in a number of ways. Paprika is rich in:
- Fiber, which helps move food through the digestive tract and feeds good bacteria in the intestines.
- Carotenoids, specifically capsanthin, capsorubin, beta carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein. Carotenoids have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory effects. A 2013 study showed that carotenoids in paprika contributed to improvement and prevention of obesity-related insulin resistance. Studies on capsanthin indicate that it may raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Carotenoids also contribute to improved night vision and overall eye health.
- Iron, which helps carry oxygen throughout the body. This can help us feel more energized.
- Vitamins, particularly vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin B6.
Paprika imparts a sweet, smoky, or somewhat spicy flavor when used in recipes.
What is it?
The spice paprika is ground from dried peppers of the plant Capsicum annuum. It comes in a variety of flavors (sweet, smoked, and hot) and colors (red, orange, and yellow). Paprika is used worldwide to flavor savory dishes.