A grind of pepper doesn't just add flavor--it may ward off fat, researchers say. Turns out piperine, a core component of the spice, impedes the body's process of forming fat.

By News & Views
November 21, 2012
Sprinkle on this spice to calm a cold, detox your skin, and even help fight cancer. A little pepper may go a long way with your health—it might even help ward off breast cancer. A chemical compound in peppercorns called piperine may be able to help prevent a breast cancer tumor from developing, a University of Michigan Cancer Center study suggests. Pepper’s potential cancer-preventing properties are heightened when it’s paired with turmeric; combine the two in a delicious Indian-style dish, such as yellow curry.
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A grind of pepper doesn't just add flavor--it may ward off fat, researchers say. Turns out piperine, a core component of the spice, impedes the body's process of forming fat. "It makes fat cells less likely to develop, mature, grow, or multiply," explains Scott Isaacs, MD, an endocrinologist in Atlanta.

His recommendation: Sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons over the course of the day to reap the benefits.

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