To Spice or Not to Spice

A lot of us love the taste of spicy food.

There’s nothing quite like soaking up the extreme heat from the hot pepper scale. From milder peppers to scorching hot peppers that rank at the very top of the Scoville Scale, it’s sometimes hard to choose. But believe it or not, there are some people who don’t enjoy the extra spice. Some say they’re not able to enjoy the other ingredients in food, because all they taste is the fiery hot flavor from hot peppers. They claim without the spice, they’re better able to satisfy their taste buds because the hot spice is so overpowering.

Of course, on the other end of the extreme, there are several good reasons to go for hot peppers.

Some people truly like experiencing the hot pepper high. That’s when peppers are so hot, your brain releases endorphins and dopamine to combat the pain. Spicy hot peppers can also help your metabolism. According to studies, people who consume more capsaicin naturally burn more calories. Peppers have several other health benefits, too.

So, if you’re not a fan of hot peppers right now, can building up your tolerance to spicy food be the answer?

According to published reports, people who eat spicy food on a regular basis do eventually experience some desensitizing of their pain receptors. As with anything, the answer of, “to spice or not to spice”, really comes down to your individual taste and preferences. If you truly don’t enjoy spicy hot flavors already, you can always start at the bottom of the hot pepper scale and work your way up. On the other hand, if you already enjoy the extra heat, there’s virtually no limit and no comparison when it comes to soaking up the extra flavor of hot peppers and hot pepper products.

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