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The History and Benefits of Black Pepper

July 13, 2021 2 min read


munchrooms are a mushroom-based snack that are both flavorful and nutrient-dense all at once! The three flavors of mushroom jerky that are offered by munchrooms are the Asian-inspired five-spice, cracked black pepper, and spicy chili pepper. Each unique ingredient has a history that dates back centuries and many mental and physical health benefits. Today, we will be focusing on the history and benefits of black pepper. 

The History of Black Pepper:

Black peppercorns come from India (Malabar Coast). They are native to the Indian subcontinent in Southeast Asia. Pepper used to be so valuable, it was worth more than gold in weight. This is how pepper came to earn the title “Black Gold.” In fact, individual peppercorns were accepted as legal currency at one point. Pepper was an essential seasoning in India, and was of great value as a traditional medicine, featuring in early medicinal documents such as the Susrutha Samhita. Through globalization, black pepper is used in almost all cuisines today. 

The Health Benefits of Black Pepper: 

Black pepper offers many health benefits besides its culinary uses all over the globe. Black pepper is a good source of manganese. It helps prevent cancer and excess fat while boosting mood and overall brain health. Pepper tends to make meat less carcinogenic and blocks inflammation. Pepper boosts the absorption of turmeric and aids digestion. Pepper also kills vile bacteria, preventing food spoilage. Black pepper extract has been studied thoroughly in animals for its potential to reduce cholesterol levels. Black pepper is rich in a plant compound called piperine, which test-tube studies have found to have potent antioxidant properties. Piperine may effectively fight inflammation as well. Piperine has demonstrated potential benefits for symptoms related to degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. According to preliminary research, black pepper may offer pain relief and reduce appetite, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight. 

The next time you are hungry, go grab a bag of black pepper munchrooms. Not only is it delicious and filling, but it also has tons of nutrients to keep you fueled throughout the day!

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