If you live in a part of the country that gets snow – real snow, like the kind you curse every morning when you realize you have to walk through it to dig your car out of it – then you probably spend much of the year yearning for the hot, stupidly sweaty days of summer.
If you’ve ever wondered what exactly it is that makes hot peppers so hot, look no further than capsaicin. It’s the active component in hot peppers that brings on the intense heat. For people, or mammals for that matter, it’s the capsaicin that’s responsible for the burning sensation. First coined in the 1800s, capsaicin is […]
Many of us are drawn to the heat of a hot pepper, but it turns out pepper plants likely pack in the heat not to get more attention, but rather less. Scientists believe the spicy hot taste is actually what some pepper plants use to ensure their own survival. This act of self-preservation may not […]
When it comes to hot peppers, some people feel the attraction and some don’t, but it turns out the extreme heat of a hot pepper only affects mammals. According to experts it all has to do with science. It’s likely that pepper plants use capsaicin, the spicy chemical part of the pepper, to repel most […]
If you’ve looked at those scorching hot bottles of hot sauce and wondered how you’ll ever be able to tolerate the heat, take heart. There are ways to up your tolerance when it comes to hot peppers. Working your way up the Scoville scale takes some time, but the results are definitely worth it in […]
Top athletes are always looking to up their game. Whether it means beating a best time, climbing a higher mountain, getting more points or simply overcoming a new obstacle, they know there’s always room for a new first place. It makes sense, then, that one of America’s hottest products is continually in a race to […]