Nutrition is key to colon health and the prevention of colorectal cancer. Symptoms of this type of cancer can include changes in bowel habits or stool consistency, abdominal discomfort and blood in the stool. The good news is that a healthier lifestyle, including diet changes, can help prevent this cancer. You can start by adding an array of colorful vegetables, such as bell peppers, to your diet to get the fiber and vitamins you need to maintain a healthy colon.
The health benefits of bell peppers include dietary fiber and antioxidants. A medium bell pepper provides about 2 grams of dietary fiber to help keep the bowels moving. Fiber “sweeps” out the colon, eliminating waste and toxins from the body. Studies show that increasing fiber intake can decrease the risk of colon cancer. Bell peppers are also high in vitamins A and C. Antioxidants like these can help ward off free radicals and cell damage that can cause cancerous cells to develop.
Get more fiber and antioxidants in your diet and work toward a healthier colon by eating more peppers! This recipe is one way to put more of these colorful veggies into a family favorite like pizza! Bell peppers come in red, yellow, orange and green colors, so you can make it a fun, colorful meal with each pizza having a slightly different sweet pepper taste.