Pepper is black like Yin and Salt is white like Yang, but could color be the only characteristic these ingredients share with Yin and Yang? Apart from colors, we all know the tastes of salt and pepper, yet because Yin and Yang have no specific taste, we are going to relate them with salt and pepper from a completely different angle.
Yin represents negativity and passiveness while Yang represents positivity and activity. Decide whether salt or pepper will get to
be the Yang in diet by checking out the next points:
Points with Salt
1. Salt has zero calories compared to pepper which has 16 calories per tablespoon.
2. Salt is needed to replace electrolytes and minerals that a person loses during sweat causing activities.
3. Because of the previous point, salt reduces muscle cramping.
4. Iodized salt is important for proper thyroid function
Points with Pepper. Many points with pepper are against salt because:
1. Pepper contains a lot less sodium than salt so it doesn’t contribute to high blood pressure like salt does.
2. Many kidney problems are caused by high consumption of salt.
3. Excess salt can contributes to cardiovascular disease, stomach cancer, stroke and osteoporosis.
4. Black pepper is rich with fiber and essential minerals like iron, manganese and vitamin K.
5. Peppercorn contains a compound called piperine which helps in preventing breast cancer.
6. Pepper helps in fighting depression and boosting brain function.
So, which is better?
The points with pepper certainly outnumber those with salt, but the benefits of salt are also irreplaceable. Since salt proves more dangerous when you consume a lot of it, we are going to side with pepper and call it the Yang. Nonetheless, you should include both ingredients in your diet with moderation to enjoy the benefits and avoid the disadvantages.