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DNews Taste Test: How Spicy Works

There are some foods out there that seem as though they’ll burn a hole through your tongue. What’s spicy food got that causes such a reaction? And why does it make you sweat? Trace explains how spicy foods work.

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How Chili Peppers Work

“The heat in chili peppers is called pungency, and it comes from a group of compounds called capsaicinoids.”


“Capsaicin is a natural chemical isolated from red peppers. It is most often found in animal repellents but some products kill mites and insects or keep them from feeding on plants.”

Prehistoric man had a taste for spicy food

“Prehistoric man liked spicy food as much as modern curry lovers, according to a study which found traces of mustard in 6,000-year-old pottery.”

Hottest Chili

“The hottest chilli is the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” which was grown by The Chilli Factory (Australia) and rated at 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) according to tests conducted by EML Consulting Services in Morisset, New South Wales, Australia, on 1 March 2011.”

NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute names the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion hottest pepper on earth
“When it comes to bringing the heat, there’s a new king of the hill. According to a first-of-its-kind scientific study on “super-hot” chile varieties, New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute has identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the new hottest pepper on the planet.”

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