One spice that I love the most is black pepper. Add it to anything and it improves the flavor. From omelette to pasta or stir fry or grilled meat, black pepper can enhance the taste of any given recipe. I have used pepper as a replacement for salt and chilli powder in many indian recipes which typically require lots of red spices. One thing every kitchen should have is a pepper grinder. The aroma of freshly ground black pepper is difficult to ignore.
Here are some health benefits of black pepper:
1. It has the ability to enhance the functions of the digestive tract. It has been shown to improve digestion and stimulate the secretion from the taste buds
2. Black pepper is known to have a great amount of antioxidant properties. It also has benefits against bacterial growth, particularly in the intestinal tract.
3. Black pepper acts as a diuretic. It encourages our bodies to sweat and get rid of harmful toxins.
4. For people who suffer from mild Anorexia, Black Pepper can help them regain their appetite because it stimulates their taste buds.
5. Its antibacterial properties will promote healing and kill germs.
6. Known for its carminative properties (a substance that prevents the formation of gas) black pepper is great to relieve discomfort caused due to flatulence.
7. In Ayurvedic practices, pepper is added to tonics for colds and coughs. Pepper also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. It has an expectorant property that helps to break up the mucus and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tract
As with anything else black pepper should be taken in moderation, just about a pinch. Also it is beneficial to use freshly ground black pepper as opposed to store ground ones as there are chances of adulteration in them. It’s a nice addition to the food and also gives the personal touch of home ground freshness.