I’m not going to tell you that black pepper is a magic medicinal food that will cure any and all ailments. But black pepper is alleged to have many redeeming health benefits. For example, according to whfoods.com, black pepper helps with the digestion of proteins which mitigates those factors that can lead to heartburn, indigestions, and yes even gas, irritable stomach, diarrhea and constipation. Black pepper, they claim, also happens to be a powerful antioxidant with antibacterial properties, and let’s face it, everyone loves antioxidants, even though most people have no clue what they are or what they actually do. However I’m sure the most appealing benefit of black pepper is that it may (MAY being the operative term) aid in the breakdown of fat cells.
Now let’s be honest. Will black pepper make you indestructible and super skinny? While we would love to say yes, it most probably won’t. The Fair Seas Spice Co. however conducted its own scientific survey where we posited the question; does black pepper taste great in almost any recipe? Our empirical answer was, yes it does.
Now allow me to go a step further and share my theory as to why Black Pepper (and every other spice for that matter) is a super food. Having at your disposal high quality organic and Fairtrade black pepper (or any other spice) will encourage you to cook more flavourful meals at home and hence eat out less. There is no doubt that home cooking is far healthier than even the healthiest restaurant options. So rather than order in from the questionable noodle joint around the corner, cook your own Asian inspired meal.
On that note follow Mel Hadida’s great “Badass Black Pepper Tofu” recipe. Does her blog post contain some mildly offensive language? Yes it does, so be warned and enjoy.