Bell pepper vs. Paprika — Health Impact and Nutrition Comparison
Paprika is a dried form of peppers. It is richer in zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, iron, and B complex vitamins, E, A, and K. Whereas, bell peppers are richer in vitamin C and richer in fibers. Capsaicin in paprika has health benefits.
Table of contents
In this article, we will be comparing the difference between a bell pepper and Paprika.
However, it is essential to know that paprika comes from bell pepper. Bell peppers are dried and ground turning them into Paprika.
This article needs to understand both these foods' nutritional and health impacts.
Nutritional content comparison
Since Paprika is derived from bell pepper, we can assume that whatever is present in 100g of bell pepper would be more concentrated in paprika. However, during this drying and processing, some nutritional aspects are lost.
The serving size of bell pepper is 119g, whereas, Paprika is 0.5g.
It is only reasonable to consider bell peppers at 100g and Paprika at 1 g to make the comparison reasonable.
94% of bell pepper has a much higher water distribution than paprika.
Bell peppers contain higher amounts of carbs. 100g of bell peppers contain 4.64g of carbs. In comparison, 1g of paprika contains 0.54g of carbs.
They are both very low in calories. 100g of bell peppers contain 20 calories, and 1g of paprika contains less than one calorie.
The glycemic index of paprika is 0. Bell pepper has a higher glycemic index.
Bell pepper is richer in fibers; it contains 1.7g. In comparison, paprika contains 0.35g of fiber per 1g.
Protein and fat
The protein and fat content of both are negligible.
In this section, we will consider equal amounts of each.
Paprika is richer in zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and iron.
The diagram below displays the distribution of minerals.
Similarly to the minerals, we will consider them equal to each in this section.
Paprika is richer in vitamin B complex, E, A, and K. Whereas; bell peppers are richer in vitamin C.
The diagram below displays the distribution of vitamins.
In the section on health impacts, we will focus on the different health impacts provided by each food and not their general health impacts.
Positive health impacts of bell pepper
Bell pepper is rich in vitamin C, which has numerous health benefits such as antioxidative action, improving immune response to fight off infections, and reducing the severity of allergic reactions. (1)
Positive health impacts of paprika
Paprika contains capsaicin which is the spicy flavor in Paprika. Capsaicin has analgesic properties that are used in musculoskeletal pain therapies. Capsaicin is also used as a topical treatment for psoriasis and diabetic neuropathy. (2) (3)
In addition, Paprika is packed with B complex vitamins, vitamins E, A, and K.
Conditionally a lot of Paprika has to be consumed to have the health effects of these vitamins. Since the serving size of Paprika is low, these vitamins will not impact overall health to a remarkable extent.
Fat Type Comparison
Carbohydrate type comparison
Comparison summary table
|Rich in minerals|
|Lower in Glycemic Index|
|Rich in vitamins|
|Lower in Sugar|
|Lower in Sodium|
|Lower in Saturated Fat|
|Lower in price|
|Lower in Cholesterol||Equal|
All nutrients comparison - raw data values
|Vitamin A RAE||18µg||2463µg|
|Omega-3 - ALA||0.453g|
Which food is preferable for your diet?
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|Low Carbs diet|
|Low Calories diet|
|Low Glycemic Index diet|