Nutrition for Red Bell Pepper

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More


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Red Bell Pepper Nutrition Summary

One red bell pepper (164 grams or 0.4 lb) contains 43 calories and 1.6 grams of protein. Red bell pepper consist of 92% water, 6% carbohydrates, 1% protein, and less than 1% of fat.

Red bell pepper is an excellent source of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and Vitamin B6. It also contains significant amounts of manganese.

In one red bell pepper:

  • Calories: 43
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Sugar: 6.9 g
  • Dietary fiber: 3.4 g
  • Fat: 0.5 g, (Saturated: 0.1 g)
  • Sodium: 6.6 mg
There is no significant amounts of cholesterol in red bell pepper.

See the Red Bell Pepper Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Peppers, sweet, red, raw.

Calories in Red Bell Pepper

Red bell pepper has 43 calories per red bell pepper or 26 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from carbohydrates and protein.

78 percent of calories in red bell pepper are from carbohydrates, 13% of calories are from protein and 9% of calories are from fat.

Calories from Carbs

The majority, or 78% of the calories in red bell pepper are from carbohydrates. The carbs in red bell pepper are mostly in the form of dietary fiber and sugar (33% and 67%). A great high-fiber food, a single red bell pepper contains 14% of recommended daily values or 3.4 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Dietary fiber: 3.4 g
  • Sugar: 6.9 g
There is no significant amounts of starch in red bell pepper.

Calories from Fat

A small portion, or 9% the calories in red bell pepper are from fat. Red bell pepper is very low in total fat, with 0.5 grams per red bell pepper. It also is cholestrol free. Most of the fat in red bell pepper are healthier unsaturated fats:

  • Total fat: 0.5 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3 g
There is no significant amounts of cholestrol or monounsaturated fat in red bell pepper.

Omega-6 in Red Bell Pepper

A source of omega-6 fatty acids, every red bell pepper of red bell pepper contains a total of 0.2 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in red bell pepper comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.16 g

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Protein in Red Bell Pepper

One red bell pepper has 1.6 grams of protein or about 3% of daily recommended intake. Red bell pepper is relatively low in protein, and is not a source of complete protein, containing little or small amounts of the majority of the nine essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 1.62 g
  • Threonine: 0.07 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.03 g
  • Leucine: 0.06 g
  • Lysine: 0.06 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.08 g
  • Valine: 0.05 g
  • Histidine: 0.03 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan or methionine in red bell pepper.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Red Bell Pepper

An good source of many nutrients, red bell pepper contains abundant amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and Vitamin B6. In fact, a single red bell pepper contains 279% of recommended daily values or 209.4 mg of Vitamin C. Also an excellent source of Vitamin A, a single red bell pepper contains 37% of recommended daily values or 257.5 ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamins in red bell pepper (1 large):
  • Vitamin a: 257.5 ug
  • Thiamin: 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 1.6 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin c: 209.4 mg
  • Vitamin e: 2.6 mg
  • Folate: 75.4 ug
  • Vitamin k: 8 ug
Minerals in red bell pepper (1 large):
  • Calcium: 11.5 mg
  • Potassium: 346 mg
  • Iron: 0.7 mg
  • Magnesium: 19.7 mg
  • Zinc: 0.4 mg
  • Selenium: 0.2 ug
  • Phosphorus: 42.6 mg
  • Manganese: 0.2 mg
  • Choline: 9.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of copper, pantothenic acid or vitamin b12 in red bell pepper.

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Flavonoids and Carotenoids in Red Bell Pepper [3]

Red bell pepper contains a number of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, specifically carotenoids beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein + zeaxanthin and flavonoids luteolin and quercetin. In one red bell pepper:

  • beta-carotene: 2663 ug
  • alpha-carotene: 33 ug
  • lutein + zeaxanthin: 84 ug
  • luteolin: 1 mg
  • Quercetin: 0.38 mg

Red Bell Pepper Nutrition Chart

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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Red Bell Pepper in Cooking

Red bell pepper is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Red Bell Pepper can be consumed raw and is often chopped, seeded or sliced before cooking or serving. Most recipes call for one or two red bell peppers.

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