Black pepper is one of the most common spices added to cuisines around the world. It is the world's most traded spice. Pepper, also known as peppercorn, is actually a berry obtained from the pepper plant.
Dried ground pepper has been used for a very long time for both its flavour and rich medicinal values. It is used as a seasoning and is often paired with salt to many daily dishes like soup, rasam, kootu, pongal, jeera rice etc.
Calorific value: 100 grams offers 251 kcal Energy.
Total Fat-3.3g(5%), Saturated fat-1.4g(7%), Polyunsaturated fat-1g, Monounsaturated fat-0.7g, Sodium-20 mg(0%), Potassium-1,329 mg(37%), Total Carbohydrate-64g(21%), Dietary fiber-25g(100%), Sugar-0.6g, Protein-10g(20%), Vitamin A-(10%), Vitamin B 6-(15%), Calcium-(44%), Iron-(53%), Magnesium-(42%).
Black pepper has natural vitamin C that curbs harmful free radical reactions. It eases the digestion process by secreting hydrochloric acid as an alert before food consumption. This spice also acts as a remedy for cough and cold. This is a boon to singers as it soothes throat. The antibacterial properties of black pepper are helpful in treating respiratory disorders, especially lung congestion. Black pepper helps in boosting the metabolism in the body. It burns the unwanted calories and helps in reducing belly fat. It helps to fight tooth decay and relieves toothache. Piperine present in black pepper acts as an anti-depressant and improves the learning capacity.