Is Black Pepper A Health Food?

January 18, 2019

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There's a lot of talk of cutting down the salt from your diet. But while whole books have been written about sodium consumption and human health, black pepper and its compounds have garnered little attention from experts. Come to find out there are plenty of health benefits of pepper! It is thought to aid in digestion. While the evidence isn’t always consistent, some suggests that black pepper may stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes that help you feel full after a meal and ease food’s transit through the GI tract. It may also enhance the absorption of some nutrients. There is a lot of research that shows curcumin (found in turmeric and what makes curry yellow) has numerous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research of resveratrol (found in skin of grapes, blueberries, raspberries and peanuts) suggests that it may lower your risk for brain disorders, heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Both compounds have problems being absorbed in your digestive tract.  However piperine, the organic compound that gives black pepper its peppery taste, is able to cause those compounds in curry and wine to be absorbed and therefore beneficial for your health! Some good news for grillers of meat.  Reports have linked black pepper marinades help eliminate HCAs, which are the cancer-causing chemicals that form when meat is charred or cooked at high temperatures.


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