Surprising Facts

The heat from a hot pepper is concentrated in the interior veins near the seeds, not in the seeds like it is commonly believed.

Is the pepper too hot to handle? Don't drink water! Capsaicin is an oil, and it will not mix with water but instead will spread the heat around to more parts of your mouth. Instead try drinking milk or any other dairy products.

Capsaicin has been associated with many cures that include lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, lowering your risk for strokes and heart attacks, speeding up metabolism, treating colds and fevers, controlling pain and even preventing cancer! If you haven't already, start eating your daily dosage of hot peppers. There's no telling in what way they might help you.

Pregnant women who want to speed up their due dates will eat hot peppers! Eating hot peppers during pregnancy can also reduce the time it takes for the baby to actually come out.

Hot peppers can help you lose weight by increasing your metabolism!

As a rule of thumb, size matters! For peppers, the smaller the pepper, the hotter it will be. All the world's most potent peppers are under three inches long.

Hot peppers are fruits not vegetables contrary to popular belief. 

In Mexico, a soup laden with chilies is a typical hangover cure for all those interesting weekends.

Capsaicin is the product used in pepper spray.

Some crowd control grenades are made with capsaicin.

Interested in learning about the hottest pepper in the world the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T? It comes in at over 1,460,000 Scoville units! Compare that to a jalapeño pepper at  about 5,000 Scoville units, and that is some serious heat!

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