Black pepper is often thought of as a last minute ditch to save a flavourless dish, but it really plays a powerful role in your body's ability to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat — even the healthy ones.
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The amount of nutrients your body consumes from a food is called bioavailability, which is always less than what your food truly contains. According to weblog Wise Bread, studies show that black pepper has the ability to increase the bioavailability in a good portion of the foods we eat, thus making our meal and snack choices have a better impact on our health. We wouldn't go as far as to suggest adding it to your morning cereal, but next time the waiter asks if you'd like some freshly ground pepper, you may do well to say yes.
Hit up Wise Bread for a more ways to increase the nutrients you receive from your daily meals. Is black pepper a staple in your cooking? Share your passion for pepper in the comments.