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Pepe is bad or good? All properties of black pepper – Italian Cuisine


Known and appreciated since the time of the ancient Greeks, black pepper helps digestion and stimulates appetite

It favors the digestion and adds a great pinch of flavor to any dish, enough to be the most common spice in virtually all of Europe. We are talking about the black pepper, probably the king of spices, appreciated since the days of ancient Egypt, to the point of finding traces even in the tombs of some pharaohs.

Useful not only for digestion

Black pepper, known in Greece as early as the 4th century BC C. and recommended by Hippocrates combined with vinegar and honey against menstrual cramps, is a very useful product in the kitchen with many beneficial properties. It represents the result of a particular processing of the fruits (blanched and left to dry in the sun for at least ten days) of Piper nigrum, plant from which white and green pepper are also obtained, and since the times of the Roman Empire has lived long periods of primary importance as a commodity of exchange. Its most known useful property to the human organism, as already mentioned, is linked to digestion. Thanks to its content of piperine, a molecule that also owes the spicy taste of this spice, the body is favored in digesting proteins and all those foods that cause diarrhea, indigestion, constipation and acidity.

All properties of black pepper

Moreover, black pepper also favors the correct assimilation of food, with its outer layer rich in phyto-nutrients that stimulate the breakdown of fat cells, which have the task of synthesizing, accumulating and yielding lipids. Considering then that it helps through sweating which aids to release toxins from the body, black pepper is a good ally for those who want lose weight, which should not however exaggerate with this spice. Flatulence and colic instead, they have in the black pepper an enemy able to alleviate these discomforts, an ingredient with antibacterial properties that make it an effective natural remedy to treat colds and coughs. With its warmth and strong flavor, black pepper also helps dissolve the phlegm and give relief in case of closed nose, promoting proper breathing.

Antidepressive pepper

In addition to improving digestion, black pepper stimulates the taste buds, so as to consider it a useful remedy to help you have problems with your appetite. Not only that: according to recent studies black pepper would help against depression, increasing, thanks to piperine, the cognitive function of the brain able to work on mental well-being. A rule not to be forgotten, however, exists and is to not get too caught up with this spice. Naturally.

Two recipes with black pepper

What to eat in winter (to feel good) – Italian Cuisine


Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, they invigorate the body, give energy and help fight tiredness and bad mood. Here are the best to bring to the table

Winter is the time of year when you are more exposed to ailments and ailments. Passages from indoor environments that are overheated and dry at cold and humid outside temperatures make the body more vulnerable to disturbances of various kinds. In this period, then, the days the lower exposure to sunlight promotes mood swings. To counter the negative effects of winter in aid are vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are particularly rich in some seasonal foods. Let's see with the help of Dr. Valentina Schirò, nutritionist biologist specializing in nutrition science, what to bring to the table at this time to reinvigorate the body and have more energy.

What to eat in the winter to strengthen the defenses

"Seasonal vegetables and fruits like kiwis and citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C, which favors the assimilation of iron, whose deficiency causes weakness and strengthens the immune system's defenses. Then they bring fibers, which in addition to favoring satiety and keeping hunger attacks away, favor the elimination of excess toxins that strain the body, "explains the expert.

To raise the mood

"Many seasonal vegetables, especially those with green leaves like chicory, spinach and chard are particularly rich in B vitamins and minerals like potassium and magnesium, which support the nervous system and help to counteract irritability," explains nutritionist Valentina Schirò.

Here is the super food to bring to the table in winter.

Chicory
Chicory ensures a great variety of antioxidants, fibers, minerals, in particular potassium and magnesium, which counteract the frequent swelling in this period due to the more sedentary life.

Fennel
They have the advantage of being diuretics and satiating. They bring a lot of water and fibers that favor the elimination of excess toxins. They are also excellent sources of antioxidants, including precious flavonoids and vitamin C.

Red oranges
They provide vitamin C and B vitamins to help boost the body's defenses. Moreover, they contain many minerals like magnesium and potassium, which are precious to support the organism. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants, including anthocyanins.

Beetroot
Deflates and purifies. Ensures so many minerals, especially potassium that helps drain and eliminate excess fluids. In addition, it is rich in water and fiber, facilitating intestinal transit and toxin disposal.

apples
Contain inulin and pectin, prebiotic substances useful to strengthen the "good" bacteria of the intestine, which mitigate the inflammation, responsible for the swelling.

broccoli
They supply many fibers and vitamins of the B group, in particular vitamin B2, B5, B9, B12. In addition, they are excellent allies of the line: they have fewer calories and lots of water, about 92 percent.

Cabbage
Raw, it provides so much vitamin C, which enhances the immune system. It then provides many prebiotic fibers, useful for nourishing "good" bacteria.

Artichokes
They have a good purifying and draining action. They contain many antioxidants, including anthocyanins and phenolic compounds. Furthermore, it is a source of inulin, a soluble fiber that performs a prebiotic activity: it nourishes the "good" bacteria that populate the intestine. Then bring a variety of B vitamins, including vitamin B2, B3 and B5.

spinach
They are an excellent source of B vitamins, useful for extracting energy and combating stress and fatigue.

Kiwi
They are an excellent source of vitamin C. They contain more than oranges. Then they bring a great variety of minerals including potassium and magnesium, which help to counteract the feeling of tiredness.

Grapes are good for the heart – Italian Cuisine


Grapes are good for the heart: a study by Crea says this, according to which the daily intake of this fruit would have an anticoagulant effect on the blood

One grain leads to another. And that's okay because eating grapes is very good. Some researchers of the Crea have discovered it, in collaboration with the University of Bari: consuming a portion of table grapes every day is good to the cardiovascular system. Increasing the consumption of fruit in the diet is a good habit, to be taught right away to the children too, because that fruit, in general, does well, is well known. Between this, however, the table grapes it was found to have protective properties of the cardiovascular system. How does all this happen? The researchers found that grapes, if consumed regularly, develop an anticoagulant power on the blood, and therefore are capable of removing cardiovascular diseases.

Grapes is good

All the properties of the beans

With their low sugar level, their high rate of polyphenolic compounds and the important antioxidant action, black grapes, in particular the Autumn Royal variety, are able to increase the fibrinolytic activity of the plasma, that is, they make sure that no thrombus is formed following a blood coagulation operation, caused, for example, by a wound or a laceration of blood vessels, also due to age. In this way the cells designated to repair the wound are activated and, once they have completed their work, they are swept away and eliminated, so as to prevent them from forming clots in the blood, giving rise to thrombus. The relevant aspect is that this faculty remains even if the consumption of grapes is interrupted. The subjects examined took a quantity of grapes equal to 5g / kg of weight per day, for a total of 21 days.

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