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Salt in moderation, but now on to black pepper: healthy or not?

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Salt in moderation, but now on to black pepper: healthy or not?

Some cultures as well as modern science suggest this beloved seasoning does indeed carry benefits, mainly in the form of piperine

The Conversation via Reuters

Everybody knows consuming too much salt is bad for your health. But nobody ever mentions the potential impact of the other condiment in the cruet set: black pepper. Does it have an effect on your health?

Certainly, people through the ages have thought so. Black pepper, the dried berries of the Piper nigrum vine, has been part of traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine for thousands of years. Ayurvedic practitioners believe it has “carminative” properties — that is, it relieves flatulence. And in traditional Chinese medicine, black pepper is used to treat epilepsy.

Modern science suggests black pepper does indeed confer health benefits, mainly as a result of an alkaloid called piperine — the chemical that gives pepper its pungent flavour, and a powerful antioxidant...

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