FOOD TALK: BLACK PEP­PER

Friday - - HEALTH NEWS -

Black pep­per not only gives an ex­cel­lent flavour to a dish but also pro­vides numer­ous health ben­e­fits. It pro­motes weight loss, im­proves di­ges­tion, re­lieves cold, cough, and much more. Black pep­per has warm­ing stim­u­lant that sup­ports di­ges­tion, says Rayan Saleh, clin­i­cal di­eti­cian, Depart­ment of Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion, Bur­jeel Hos­pi­tal for Ad­vanced Surgery, Dubai.

‘It in­creases the se­cre­tion of hy­drochlo­ric acid, which helps in protein and other food di­ges­tion. The low-calo­rie con­tent in it makes it a great food sea­son­ing while de­creas­ing the need to add other higher calo­rie or fatty flavour­ings.’ It’s hot and stim­u­lat­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics make it use­ful for treat­ing a va­ri­ety of cold and flu symp­toms. ‘It is most ap­pro­pri­ate for a cough with a thick mu­cus rather than for a dry, ir­ri­ta­ble cough with lit­tle ex­pec­to­ra­tion.’ ‘Piper­ine, the main com­po­nent of black pep­per, is an anti-in­flam­ma­tory and pain re­liever agent.’ How­ever, please con­sult a doc­tor be­fore adding it to your diet.

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