Researchers have discovered that the gene responsible for producing capsaicin, the chemical that makes chile peppers hot, appears in tomatoes…
Culinary peacocking makes up at least half of any chile pepper event. Not just in the traditional clothing sense, though. We men love to show our food machismo by eating food hot enough to melt your ex’s heart. Now, a study from the University of Grenoble may have confirmed what most of us already knew: the guys who eat the hottest peppers have the highest testosterone levels.
If your ego ever shoved a chile in your maw that was hotter than your mouth could handle, you learned something very fast: capsaicin loves to piss off pain receptors. Some of us have even learned this lesson twice; once on eating the chile, again when it says good bye on the way out. What you may not know is that capsaicin keeps up the shenanigans all the way through your digestive system, all the way from point A to B. That pain is the basis of research suggesting that chile peppers may prevent colon cancer.
Yet again it looks like the spice is right as recent research suggests an incredibly wide scope in health benefits associated with the consumption of hot chile peppers. Not only do many varieties of fresh chiles contain considerable amounts of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E, it’s also been found that capsaicin (the active chemical component responsible for the fire in chilies) contributes positively to human health on its own.
If you make someone weep and blush on Valentine’s Day, you’ve either done something really well, or really screwed the pooch. However, if you want to let someone know they’re as hot as capsaicin without frying their tastebuds, this clever gift might be the way to go.
According to reports, a forklift operator punctured a 5-gallon container of concentrated capsaicin liquid that was destined for a hot sauce manufacturer.
Woohoo! At long last, funding for my chile pepper death ray project! Well, maybe not. However, University of Washington researcher Josh Tewksbury may have found funding for his pet pepper project via a new venture named Microryza.
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