Paprika is a spice made from the dried peppers and ground red peppers.
It comes in sweet, smoked, and hot varieties, as well as a variety of colours, such as red, orange, and yellow. Paprika is used worldwide, especially in rice dishes and stews.
It’s not only rich in antioxidants but also vitamins and minerals.
The three varieties of paprika — sweet, hot, and smoked — can be added to meat rubs, soups, eggs, beans, rice, and many other dishes.
- Calories: 19
- Protein: less than 1 gram
- Fat: less than 1 gram
- Carbs: 4 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin A: 19% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Vitamin E: 13% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
- Iron: 8% of the DV
Paprika is rich in several vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In particular, 1 tablespoon (6.8 grams) boasts 19% of your daily needs for vitamin A.
Nutrients in paprika, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin, have been linked to better eye health and a lower risk of cataracts and AMD.
The anti-inflammatory compound capsaicin in paprika may treat pain and fight inflammation associated with a variety of conditions, though more studies are necessary.
Paprika is high in iron and vitamin E, both of which help create healthy red blood cells and may work to stave off anaemia.