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Old 18 September 2008, 12:46 AM
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Icon27 Pepper doesn't digest?

I'm familiar with the myth of chewing gum but now I'm hearing that [black] pepper doesn't actually digest. Is there any truth to this?
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Old 18 September 2008, 02:14 AM
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I'm familiar with the myth of chewing gum but now I'm hearing that [black] pepper doesn't actually digest. Is there any truth to this?
I wouldn't be surprised if whole black peppercorns occasionally passed through the system mostly undigested - they're essentially dried berries, and many similar plant structures with a tough coating don't break down well. (Tomato skins, corn kernels, etc.)
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Old 18 September 2008, 07:34 AM
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Alas, I never thought of it that way. I was more under the impression that it stays "stuck inside" somewhere, somehow. I do wonder how corn manages to reassemble itself
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Old 18 September 2008, 04:13 PM
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According to Dr. Steve Brule, pepper is one of the foods known as "tracer foods," like corn, and also beets. For your health!
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I was more under the impression that it stays "stuck inside" somewhere, somehow.
In that case, help! I am full of pepper!
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Old 20 September 2008, 02:57 PM
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Alas, I never thought of it that way. I was more under the impression that it stays "stuck inside" somewhere, somehow. I do wonder how corn manages to reassemble itself
I have heard this about many supposedly undigestible foods, but I have to ask: how would that work? There is stuff coming along behind it; how is that stuff supposed to be getting out if there is all this undigestible stuff in the way? Is it supposed to just phase through it, or what?
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