Chinese medicine has known it for centuries – black pepper is a powerful fat-fighter. But now researchers have pinpointed the active ingredient that helps you shed the pounds: it’s all down to the piperine, which gives the pepper its pungent taste.
Piperine reduces fat levels in the blood, and interferes with the activity that helps new fat cells form.
The researchers say that piperine or black pepper extracts could help fight obesity and help people keep the weight off.
(Source: Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, 2012; 60: 3853).