Vitamin variation in capsicum spp. Provides opportunities to improve nutritional value of human diets

Michael B. Kantar, Justin E. Anderson, Sarah A. Lucht, Kristin Mercer, Vivian Bernau, Kyle A. Case, Nina C. Le, Matthew K. Frederiksen, Haley C. DeKeyser, Zen Zi Wong, Jennifer C. Hastings, David J. Baumler

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Abstract

Chile peppers, native to the Americas, have spread around the world and have been integrated into the diets of many cultures. Much like their heat content, nutritional content can vary dramatically between different pepper types. In this study, a diverse set of Chile pepper types were examined for nutrient content. Some pepper types were found to have high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, or folate. Correlations between nutrient content, species, cultivation status, or geographic region were limited. Varietal selection or plant breeding offer tools to augment nutrient content in peppers. Integration of nutrient rich pepper types into diets that already include peppers could help combat nutrient deficiencies by providing a significant portion of recommended daily nutrients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0161464
JournalPloS one
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2016

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