Black pepper comes from the berries of the pepper plant which are picked and then left to dry (that's why they look all shriveled up). Black pepper, green pepper, and white pepper actually come from the same plant - the different colors represent different stages in development.
Black pepper stimulates the taste buds in such a way that it alerts your stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, therefore improving digestion - consuming pepper can prevent heartburn and indigestion.
Black pepper is known as a carminitive - it helps prevent gas. It also promotes sweating and urination.
Salt's buddy has also been shown to have significant antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which are important for fighting disease and maintaining overall good health.
The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, keeping you slim while giving you energy to burn.
Wow - black pepper is magical.
Fit's Tips: Check out this electric pepper grinder from Williams-Sonoma. It even has a light so you can see how much pepper is on your food. It's a great gift idea for the pepper lover in your life (cost is $60).