Why do I hate black pepper? Does it have any nutritional value?

    I hate black pepper & it comes on everything! I always ask at about menu items before ordering. Does black pepper have any nutritional value? I heard it doesn't digest well. I can barely tolerate very fine black pepper but pepper mills - no, no. My husband think black pepper is good for you. Am I unusual?

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    I don't add salt to many foods as the sodium content of so much is too high to begin with, but a little pepper really enhances the flavor of just about everything...
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    Health benefits of black pepper

    Peppercorns contain impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Peppers have been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent properties.

    Peppercorns are composed of many health benefiting essential oils such as piperine, an amine alkaloid, which gives strong spicy pungent character to the pepper. It also contains numerous monoterpenes hydrocarbons such as sabinene, pinene, terpenene, limonene, mercene etc that gives aromatic property to the pepper.

    The above-mentioned active principles in the pepper may increase the motility of the gastro-intestinal tract as well as increase the digestion power by increasing gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions. It has also been found that piperine can increase absorption of selenium, B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, as well as other nutrients in the food.

    Black peppercorns contain good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and blood cell production.

    They are also excellent source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as Pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin.

    Peppercorns are rich source of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A. They also rich in flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants like carotenes, cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lycopene. These compounds help body remove harmful free radicals and help protect from cancers and diseases.

    Okay, it has nutritional value. But why do I react negatively to even the smallest amount on my food?

    That my friend a doctor would have to test. I did however answer the question you asked! ;-)

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