Wasabi vs. chili peppers: Which one wins out in the battle of the heat?


You probably love the taste and flavor of hot chili peppers, and why not?

They add a boost of heat to any meal, and they also give mealtime a bit of a kick. It may take some time to recover from one of the highest-ranked varieties on the hot pepper scale. While it’s obvious they pack in an extra dose of heat, they aren’t the only things that can spice up mealtime. Some foodies say there’s something to be said about wasabi. Sure, its spicy, but it’s an entirely different way to get a rush of spice.

When you eat wasabi, it works quickly.

The vapors immediately irritate your head, throat, and nose. On the other hand, the heat rush quickly goes away. That’s different from hot sauce and hot peppers. You mostly feel hot peppers everywhere that you come into physical contact with them. You feel them on your lips first, followed by your tongue and the rest of your mouth. You then feel the burn in your throat, and sometimes that burn lingers for a half an hour, or even longer. The burn comes from the amount of capsaicin in hot peppers. The hottest peppers on the planet also have the most capsaicin.

In terms of wasabi, the heat comes from a compound called allyl isothiocyanate.

The same compound is also found in onions, horseradish, and mustard, but a higher concentration is found in the stem of a wasabia japonica plant. To make wasabi paste, the plant’s stem is mashed up and mixed with water. Sometimes, oil or vinegar, soybean, and horseradish root is mixed in to boost the flavor and heat. So, which one wins out in terms of spiciness, wasabi, or hot chili peppers? In both cases, your brain thinks you’re feeling a burning sensation, but you’re not being burned at all. Unlike hot peppers, wasabi isn’t measured on the Scoville Scale. While it can vary in spiciness, it’s not nearly as spicy as some of the hottest peppers in the world.

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