Have you ever heard of pink pepper? This native Brazilian ingredient is increasingly gaining space in cuisine, mainly because of its smooth and sweet taste, in addition to the various health benefits it provides.
To talk about the main advantages of adding the condiment in food preparation, we invited the nutritionist Janiele da Silva Rodrigues.
According to the professional, the condiment is rich in several vitamins and minerals, in addition to contributing to increased satiety and the weight loss process.
As such, it is an ideal ingredient to be used in diets. But like everything in life, it is also necessary to have some care and precautions regarding the use of this food.
Follow this article to find out more about the benefits of this type of pepper, what are the best ways to use it, what care is needed and still have access to some healthy and tasty recipes. Check out!
10 Pink Pepper Health Benefits
Pink pepper is a small grain, but it has great health benefits. Especially because of its large amount of essential nutrients for the body’s maintenance.
According to nutritionist Janiele Rodrigues, this type of pepper also works directly to improve the health of the heart and the circulatory system as a whole, in addition to helping to prevent a series of diseases due to the action of its antioxidant properties on the immune system.
Also known as red pepper or Brazilian pepper, the condiment also brings other health benefits. Check it out below:
1. Rich in vitamins and minerals
According to Janiele, pink pepper is very rich in vitamins and minerals. The nutrition professional cites vitamins A, C, E and the B complex, such as B1, B2 and B3, which are present in high amounts in pepper.
Among the minerals, the condiment has large amounts of calcium and iron . With iron having a good rate of absorption by the body, due to the combined action of vitamin C , making it nutritionally rich.
2. Helps to promote a sense of well-being
Vitamin C, found in large amounts in seed, is important in promoting a sense of well-being.
This is because it is an essential nutrient in the production of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, cortisol and serotonin. All of them are directly responsible for decreasing stress and increasing happiness.
3. Promotes weight loss
Another positive point of this food, according to Janiele, is its large amount of fiber, making it a great ally for those who want to lose weight.
This benefit is achieved because the fibers expand when they come into contact with stomach fluids, increasing the feeling of satiety. That is, you eat a smaller portion of food and are satisfied longer.
In addition, the increased feeling of well-being also decreases the compulsion to eat. So, the result is weight loss in a healthy way, since the consumption of pepper is associated with a change in diet and physical exercise.
4. Good for the bones
Due to the large amount of calcium, pepper is also important for bone health, as highlighted by Janiele Rodrigues. This is because the mineral is present in the structures of bones and teeth.
When there is a low calcium intake, the body takes what it needs from the bones. Over time, this can lead to their weakening and a host of physical problems, especially in elderly people.
When consumed correctly, pink pepper can help meet the mineral’s daily needs and help keep bones strong for life.
5. Boosts immunity
As it is rich in vitamin C, pink pepper is also a great ally in strengthening the immune system, highlights Janiele. This is because the vitamin, also known as ascorbic acid, stimulates the production of white blood cells, which are blood cells that act in defense of the body.
In addition, ascorbic acid is an important antioxidant, allowing the body to be healthier and avoid so-called opportunistic diseases. For this reason, adding small amounts of the condiment to your daily diet can be a great, and delicious, way to protect yourself from colds and flu.
6. Fights inflammation
A study published in 2016 by Brazilian researchers showed that the consumption of pink pepper helped to inhibit the production of some substances by white blood cells that are released during the inflammatory process.
These substances are responsible for negative effects such as redness, pain, heating and tissue death in the affected area. In this way, inflammation is contained at the beginning, thanks also to the antioxidant action that protects the cells.
Thus, consumption of the spice can be a natural treatment option against allergies, whose symptoms are caused by inflammation. ( 1 )
7. Fights free radicals
In addition to the nutrients already mentioned, the professional also highlights that this species of pepper contains several phytochemical substances that act as antioxidants in the body, such as: beta-carotene, lycopene, phenol compounds, flavonoids, tannins and triterpene acids. But what do they do in the body?
In short, antioxidant compounds act by preventing the action of free radicals. These last substances are formed naturally in the body, but they can interfere with its functioning. Thus, they can favor the appearance of diseases and accelerate the aging process.
But as an antioxidant, pepper helps to keep the body healthy and young for longer. For this reason, you should always choose foods with this action.
8. Fights fungi and bacteria
The typically Brazilian seasoning also has actions against bacteria and fungi that are harmful to health, mainly thanks to the action of triterpene acids and other antioxidants, which prevent the proliferation of these microorganisms.
9. Helps prevent cancer
The antioxidant substances found in pepper work by preventing healthy cells from becoming cancerous. Furthermore, some compounds found in the essential oil stimulate the death of diseased cells.
These two benefits come together to act to prevent the appearance of tumors, especially in the breasts and prostate. ( 1 )
10. Improves heart health
Another advantage of consuming this type of pepper, according to the nutrition professional, is its action on heart health, especially because of calcium. That’s because, this mineral promotes muscle contraction.
This keeps the heart rate at normal levels and also improves blood circulation. In addition, the mineral also helps in blood clotting, which can prevent bleeding.
How to use the ingredient in recipes?
Because it has a sweet taste, this type of pepper is widely used in sauces, salads and meat with sauce. However, the nutrition professional highlights that it can be used in several other preparations, as long as it is not exaggerated.
With that in mind, Homemade Remedy has separated some delicious recipes using pink pepper and that you can reproduce at home. Check out!
chicken with pink pepper sauce
The first recipe is a chicken breast with pink pepper sauce, where the sweet flavor seasoning becomes the highlight and makes the dish more flavorful. Learn to prepare!
- 3 chicken breast fillets
- 1 small sprig of rosemary
- 1 cup and a half of water
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 tablespoon of pink peppercorns
- 150 grams of fresh cream
- Oil and salt to taste.
First, you need to make a marinade for the chicken. So put the salt, rosemary and water in a bowl and mix well. Soon after, add the chicken breast and let it rest for about 30 minutes.
After this time, take the chicken to fry over medium heat until golden and set aside. In the frying pan used for frying, place the butter and pink pepper, lightly frying the ingredients.
Finally, add the cream, add the salt and pour over the chicken. There, the recipe is ready to be served and makes three servings.
Filet with pepper sauce
Red meat also goes very well with this type of pepper, especially since it doesn’t erase the flavor of the other ingredients. See how to prepare below!
- 3 pieces of filet mignon
- Half a cup of fresh cream
- 1 tablespoon of chopped chives
- 1 teaspoon of pink peppercorns
- half chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepperoni pepper
- 2 tablespoons of white wine
- Olive oil and salt to taste.
Heat the butter and oil in a skillet and place the fillet to fry, seasoning only with salt. Once that’s done, put the meat on a platter and set aside.
The next step is to cook the onion and chives for about a minute in the same skillet in which the meat was cooked. Once this is done, add the white wine, the cream, the peppers and the juice that has come off the meat. Mix the sauce well, pour over the meat and it’s ready to serve.
Olive oil sauce with pepper
Another indication for the use of pepper is in salad dressings. The option you will learn next is simple, easy to prepare and very tasty. Check out!
- 1 fresh rosemary sprig
- 1/2 teaspoon of pink peppercorns
- 1/2 bunch of fresh thyme
- 1/2 sprig of fresh basil
- 1 sprig of fresh mint
- 1/2 cup (of tea) of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic .
Thoroughly wash all fresh herbs and then chop into small pieces. Then mash the garlic and bring it all into a small bowl. Finally, just add the oil and peppercorns, transfer to a saucer and serve.
Condiment care and contraindications
You saw the advantages of consuming pink pepper and how to use it in recipes. However, it also has some contraindications and precautions, according to nutritionist Janiele Rodrigues.
The main care is with regard to who can or cannot consume the seasoning. According to the professional, people who suffer from hypertension or gastrointestinal problems should avoid consumption, as pepper can worsen symptoms.
She also emphasizes that, “we must not abuse the consumption of any food, this way, this pepper should not be eaten in excess”. The professional informs that in large quantities, this condiment can be toxic and interfere with the taste, causing sensitivity to the tongue.
What is pink pepper?
First of all, you need to know that pink pepper is not exactly a pepper. In fact, the seasoning is the fruit of the tree known as aroeira ( Schinus terebinthifolius ), a plant native to the Brazilian coast.
This tree usually measures between 5 and 10 meters in height and has a wide crown and trunks. Therefore, if you want to have it at home, you need to have plenty of space, especially because it invades the territory of neighboring plants.
As it does not belong to the pepper family, the red pepper has a very different flavor, with soft, sweet and very fragrant touches. Thus, it is used in many dishes.