Pepper: Aiding your digestive system

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Pepper is derived naturally enough from the pepper plant. The pepper plant is actually a large woody vine that has been known to grow to heights of more than thirty feet. Pepper plants are common in the hot and humid climates found in the tropics of many countries.

The pepper plant vines begin to grow their traditional small white flowers at the age of three to four years, and it is those small white flowers that develop the berries more commonly known as peppercorns. These peppercorns are then ground to make the spice we know as pepper.

Major benefits of pepper

One of the most striking benefits of pepper seems to be its ability to aid the digestive system. Pepper is known to improve digestion and the health of the intestinal system as well. Digestive problems are among the most common complaints, and pepper seems to have a strong effect on improving the digestion of food.

For this reason pepper is thought to be important in preventing such common conditions as irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and other common ailments of the digestive system.

Pepper is thought to provide this protective impact on the digestive system through the stimulation it provides to the taste buds. This stimulation of the taste buds in turn causes the stomach to increase its production of the hydrochloric acid that is so important to the proper digestion of the foods we eat. If sufficient quantities of hydrochloric acid are not present by the time the food reaches the stomach, such problems as heartburn, indigestion and other digestive problems may occur. By stimulating the taste buds, and therefore the production of stomach acid, pepper may help to avoid these common digestive issues.

In addition to its ability to prevent a number of other digestive problems, pepper is also able to reduce intestinal gas, thus providing a good solution to a common and embarrassing problem. The ability to reduce intestinal gas is also thought to be related to the increased production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

In addition, pepper is also known to have important antibacterial properties, and to contain significant levels of antioxidant vitamins as well. These antibacterial and antioxidant properties may mean pepper is able to fight common diseases, including perhaps even heart disease and cancer. With all these benefits going for it, there is no reason not to add a pinch of pepper to every meal you serve your family.

Additional information:

In ages past, pepper was so valuable that it was even used as a form of currency, and pepper was often offered as a sacrifice to the gods worshipped by those ancient peoples. In today’s world, however, pepper is plentiful, inexpensive, healthy and available year round.

Pepper can be purchased in a number of different varieties, including whole peppercorns and ground pepper. Some chefs swear by the nutritional and culinary benefits of grinding fresh peppercorns, while others prefer the convenience of fresh ground pepper. No matter what the form, however, pepper is one of the least expensive and most effective of all superfoods.

When using fresh ground pepper in recipes, it is best to buy the whole peppercorns and grind them using a pepper mill just prior to adding them to your favorite recipe. In addition to providing a superior flavor to your food, buying whole peppercorns will ensure that you get pure, unadulterated pepper. Commercially produced pepper is often mixed with other spices; grinding your own pepper will help ensure you are getting only the richest and most flavorful pepper.

If you do choose the convenience of ground pepper, it is important to ensure that the spice has not been irradiated, since irradiating pepper has been shown to decrease its content of vitamin C.

When storing ground pepper it is best to keep it in a tightly sealed glass container which is stored in a dark, cool and dry location. While ground pepper will remain fresh for up to three months, the shelf life of peppercorns is virtually endless.

Originally posted 2019-10-04 10:27:48.

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