Black pepper’s flavor comes from a substance called piperine, which studies show, blocks new fat cells from forming in your body. Piperine in black pepper has also been proven to improve glucose tolerance, liver function and can even lower your blood pressure. By combining exercise with the habit of sprinkling black pepper on fresh vegetables, your metabolism will get a kick-start. Moreover, black pepper increases your body’s absorption of the foods you eat, which makes this natural compound a healthy addition to any diet.
Ground peppercorns are the most potent form of black pepper. Pick up fresh peppercorns from your local grocers and store them in a dry, dark place in airtight containers.
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