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Black Pepper

Nothing to sneeze at

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Another unsung hero of the spice rack

Black pepper is so common that it's easy to ignore. Years ago, studies suggested that black pepper might be harmful, with a compound found to cause cancer in lab animals.

Newer studies have looked at the health effects on humans, and have a different story to tell: black pepper is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-microbial.