Chili Pepper News

Why we crave hot peppers but pests don’t

Why we crave hot peppers but pests don’t

You may have a real craving for hot peppers and hot pepper products, but it turns out certain pests don’t exactly share your affection. Certain pests, like mice, are actually repelled by capsaicin. That’s, of course, the active component of chili peppers that makes them so hot.

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Spicy pepper substance found in breast milk

Spicy pepper substance found in breast milk

If you’re a fan of spicy food you may be training your baby right now for a lifetime love of spicy food. It turns out piperine, a spicy substance found in hot peppers, is detectable in breast milk one hour after eating a curry dish containing pepper

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The science behind hot peppers and a recent Nobel Prize

The science behind hot peppers and a recent Nobel Prize

To survive, mammals need to regulate their body temperature. But in order for this to happen, they have to be able to perceive and sense the temperature around them. Until now, understanding touch and temperature has been a bit of a mystery.

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Noble Prize awarded for helping explain ancient folk medicine

Noble Prize awarded for helping explain ancient folk medicine

Capsaicin from hot chili peppers is now used in creams to help topically relieve the pain of arthritis. When capsaicin creams touch your skin, they give off a mild burning or warm tingling sensation. For some this means temporary, yet immediate pain relief.

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