Pepper + Turmeric = match made in heaven.
Let me first say that I am in no way a wellness expert or nutritionist, but after learning about the relationship between pepper and turmeric, I really am curious about other beneficial food combinations that aren’t well known and do more future posts about them!
I think most of us American’s can all agree that in comparison to other countries or cultures around the world, we are behind (slowly getting there though!) when it comes to the world of wellness and health. I will read studies/articles on up and coming health trends or recipes, and almost every time, their information is a derivative of some ancient medicine/recipe that some foreign country had been practicing for centuries! Obviously we are a young country and our civilization hasn’t been around as long as China, India, etc. so it makes sense that we would look to others for insights since they have been around long to know what works and what doesn’t. So if their (sometimes weird) methods for maintaining their health and living a long life work for them, why wouldn’t we want to copy that?
So what do pepper and turmeric have to do with all this…
I was grabbing breakfast at Cafe Gratitude, the organic plant-based restaurant chain that is scattered throughout California, and being the coffee/latte addict that I am I wanted to try the “Golden” which is the name of their Turmeric Latte which is a mixture of:
When the waiter presented me with the latte, I noticed the top of the foam was sprinkled with pepper. WHAT. That’s weird. Which is why I looked it up when I got home as to why the heck you would put pepper on a drink.
THE BASIC GIST OF IT:
Certain compounds in Turmeric are metabolized before the body can absorb them (missing out on all the health benefits!). The compounds in Pepper help the body to absorb the compounds in Turmeric by stopping certain enzymes in our digestive system from digesting them too quickly!
Black Pepper come from peppercorn (a berry) that grows on a vine and once plucked + dried, is typically ground and used as a spice in many foods and recipes. The main chemical in pepper is piperine. Turmeric is a powder derived from the root of the Asian turmeric plant. One of the main chemicals with amazing anti-inflammatory/health benefits in Turmeric is curcumin, which our body sort of sees as a weird foreign substance. Piperine stops certain digestive enzymes that prevent curcumin from being fully absorbed. SO, when flakes of pepper are added to this turmeric-based drink, you are allowing your body to truly absorb all of the nutritional benefits that turmeric provides.
WHO DISCOVERED THIS?:
The people of South Asia, aka: India
IDK why but i find this sh*t fascinating. Happy Wednesday!