Why Black Pepper Is Staple In Indian Kitchen?

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Why Black Pepper Is Staple In Indian Kitchen?

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Black pepper is a staple spice in the Indian kitchen. It is added to so many dishes!! What we use is called the black peppercorn which is the dried fruit of the black pepper plant.

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Black pepper plant is native to our very own Kerala! Apart from flavour it is known to offer a wide range of health benefits. It is antibacterial in nature and helps in preserving food. It is a rich source of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron and vitamins like vitamin C and vitamin K. It is also known to have dietary fibre in it!

Why black pepper is good for you?

Beneficial for the stomach

Pepper improves digestion by increasing the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. It prevents formation of gas in the intestines. It also expels gas from the body. Black pepper promotes sweating and urination that helps in removing toxins from the body.

Helps in weight loss

Peppercorn’s outer layer helps in breaking down fat cells. This means having pepper in your diet is a great way of shedding kilos naturally!! Fat cells when broken down are processed by the body easily and are used in healthy bodily processes instead of sitting in the body aimlessly.

Respiratory relief

In Ayurveda, pepper is commonly added to tonics meant for colds and coughs. It is known to be effective in providing relief from nasal congestion and sinusitis. It breaks down mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tract. It is helpful in treating asthma and whooping cough too.

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Antibacterial in nature

Black pepper being antibacterial in nature helps in fighting against infections and also insect bites. By adding pepper to your food, you are helping in keeping your arteries clean just like how fibre scrapes excess of cholesterol from the artery walls. This way atherosclerosis is reduced which is responsible for heart attacks and strokes.

Antioxidant nature

Pepper is an antioxidant that fights free radical damage and prevents diseases like cancer, cardiovascular and liver problems. Black pepper neutralizes harmful free radicals. Along with major illnesses it helps in warding off symptoms of premature ageing like wrinkles, age spots, memory loss and macular degeneration.

Increases bioavailability

Black pepper is helpful in transporting the goodness of other herbs to different parts of the body thus, helping in maximising the benefits of other health foods consumed. Adding pepper to your food not only adds flavour but also makes more nutrients available to the system.

Good for neurological health

One of the key components present in black pepper is ‘piperine’ and studies have shown that it good for reduction in memory impairment and cognitive malfunction. The chemical pathways in the brain are stimulated by piperine, so there is a possibility that pepper can benefit Alzheimer’s patients and people who are suffering from dementia or other age related ailments.

Helps those with Peptic ulcer

Several studies have indicated that black pepper is beneficial for those who suffer from peptic ulcer. This is because it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research regarding this is still on.

See!! Pepper has so many health benefits! Just add a pinch of it to every meal for flavour and to enjoy its goodness!

A little tip:

Grinding peppercorns at home is better than buying the readymade powder (adulteration you know!). But even home-ground powder will remain fresh only for 3 months. Whole peppercorns can remain fresh for a really long time.

A word of caution:

  • Pepper will make you sneeze if inhaled.
  • Those who have undergone abdominal surgery should not add too much of pepper in their food as it can irritate the intestines.
  • Don’t consume it in excess
  • If you are allergic to it avoid it altogether.

Planning to sprinkle some pepper on your food?

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