Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Benefits and Usage of Black Pepper Powder

Black Pepper Powder can also be used rather than to spice up our dishes or to add flavor to food.

 

Health Benefits :

  • Helps prevent cancer - According to a study carried out by the University of Michigan Cancer Center, black pepper was found to prevent the development of breast cancer tumors. They found that the piperine content of black pepper plays a key role in preventing cancers.
  • Helps in digestion - The piperine content of black pepper makes it a great digestive. It stimulates the taste buds to signal the stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid. This acid is essential to digest proteins and other foods in the stomach, which when left undigested cause flatulence, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation and acidity.
  • Helps you lose weight - The outer layer of peppercorn assists in the breakdown of fat cells. Therefore, peppery foods are a good way to help you shed weight naturally.
  • Can give you healthy skin - Pepper helps to cure Vitiligo, which is a skin disease that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigmentation and turn white. It also reduces the chances of skin cancer due to excessive ultraviolet radiation.
  • Beats Dandruff - Ditch those anti dandruff shampoos, try using pepper instead. Because of its antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties, pepper is great to get rid of dandruff. Mix a teaspoonful of crushed black pepper in a cup of curd. Mix well and apply on the scalp. Leave in for about half an hour. Rinse out your hair well. Do not use shampoo at this stage. Wash your hair with shampoo the next day. Make sure you do not use too much pepper, it may cause your scalp to burn.

Medicinal uses :

  • Peppers have been used therapeutically in dentistry as an antiseptic for tooth-decay and gum swellings.
  • Peppercorns are also being used as traditional medicines in treating flatulence and indigestion, however, there is little or no data to support these claims in modern medicine.

Culinary uses :

  • Black peppercorns along with other spices and seasonings are used to marinate chicken, fish, and meat.
  • The spice is used liberally in Indian vegetarian and chicken curries and in the Middle-East, in meat and rice dishes.
  • They can be used in the preparation of soups, barbecue sauces, pickling and as a main ingredient in variety of curry powders (Indian garam masala powder).
  • Although preferred in savoury foods, this spice is also used in tiny quantities in sweet preparations like fruitcakes, breads, pies to add a spicy note.
  • Cubeb peppers mainly feature in Indonesian curries.

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