The 2014 statistics released by the New American Cancer Society are frightening. According to their research (and probability metrics), there will be 1,665,540 new diagnoses of cancer in the United States. On top of that, cancer will be the cause of 585,720 deaths in the same time. Let’s be clear; researchers are not exactly sure how capsaicin works to kill cancer cells. If they did, it would already be in use as a treatment for the disease.
Of course, that’s just the beginning of what chilies and capsaicin can do. Clearly they’ve been making headlines since 4000 BC (give or take), though it’s unlikely that the ancient Americans were as worried about heart attacks and prostate cancer. But that’s only because they still had to discover how to make pottery and how to steer clear of poisonous snakes. With all that on their metaphorical plate, we should be infinitely grateful they found time to develop the chili trade.
There are plenty of reasons to get out of bed every morning (like that thing you call work that enables you to pay the bills). But there are very few enticements as likely as the hottest hot sauces to get you moving. Yep, we’re suggesting that you get out of bed to burn your mouth for breakfast.