Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Tony Stark loves Pepper... and so do I

It was a typical day of Ozzie winter onset and my husband, just back for lunch, couldn't resist a couple of helpings of some steaming hot tomato rice, tempered with garlic and pepper. Truly content, he casually blurted out, "What would we do without pepper?" Yes, what would I do? It just had to be the ingredient in almost everything I cooked. I simply loved the hot flavour of pepper, just like so many countless people in the world. This spice with its delicately pungent aroma has the power to transform a tasteless poached egg into a culinary magnum opus. But it's just not that, pepper had been the most sought-after spice since ages and has been the reason behind all the exploration in the name of spice trade. Let me pen down a few pointers about pepper and why it is good.

  1. To all the lovely ladies out there, it prevents the development of breast cancer tumours. 
  2. Just a few teaspoons contain a whole bunch of nutrients like manganese, iron (now you know why Stark loves pepper: pun intended), vitamin K, fibre and calcium. You wouldn't want to miss it when it's so readily available in your kitchen. 
  3. Black pepper acts as an inhibitor for intestinal gas to form, in other words reduces flatulence.
  4. Pepper promotes sweating (diaphoretic) and urination (diuretic). That's a great thing for weight loss, cleaning of pores and detoxification.
  5. Attention all green tea freaks, black pepper is an antioxidant. That means it can get rid of the free radicals in your body.
  6. Black pepper is antibacterial.
  7. It is a natural anti-depressant.
  8. it improves secretion of hydrochloric acid which breaks down food during digestion. So it's a great digestive.
  9. And above all, it has a very very low glycemic index.

Many of us don't like to chew peppercons when we find it in food. the solution for that is to keep a pepper mill handy. Crushing peppercons into fine or grainy powder is the best way to consume it. It has been proved that the outer shell of peppercon helps break down fat cells hence keeping the body in shape.

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