DNews Taste Test: How Spicy Works

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

There are some foods out there that seem as though they’ll burn a hole through your tongue. What’s spicy food got that causes such a reaction? And why does it make you sweat? Trace explains how spicy foods work.

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How Chili Peppers Work

“The heat in chili peppers is called pungency, and it comes from a group of compounds called capsaicinoids.”

Capsaicin

“Capsaicin is a natural chemical isolated from red peppers. It is most often found in animal repellents but some products kill mites and insects or keep them from feeding on plants.”

Prehistoric man had a taste for spicy food

“Prehistoric man liked spicy food as much as modern curry lovers, according to a study which found traces of mustard in 6,000-year-old pottery.”

Hottest Chili

“The hottest chilli is the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” which was grown by The Chilli Factory (Australia) and rated at 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) according to tests conducted by EML Consulting Services in Morisset, New South Wales, Australia, on 1 March 2011.”

NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute names the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion hottest pepper on earth
“When it comes to bringing the heat, there’s a new king of the hill. According to a first-of-its-kind scientific study on “super-hot” chile varieties, New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute has identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the new hottest pepper on the planet.”

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33 comments

CynicalPixel September 27, 2013 - 2:25 AM

My dad LOVES tobasco.

Richard Gauthier October 1, 2013 - 7:27 AM

did you say your dad loves tobasco?

joseph roquemore October 6, 2013 - 10:30 AM

Very interesting to understand like this I really learned something today once again

Ether Bot October 8, 2013 - 4:48 AM

why'd this get to top comments? hmm how about this: don't eat mayo mixed with jello.

Boris October 11, 2013 - 4:40 AM

IT BURNS!!! AHHHH GOD KILL ME NOW!

Dogiz December 3, 2013 - 10:16 PM

I don't eat hot sauce, I eat the peppers raw.

Mel Scotty December 27, 2013 - 11:23 AM

My friend loves spicy thing. She said she once drank a bottle of hot sauce

Kristian Williams January 19, 2014 - 7:14 AM

Spicy and hot are two completely different sensations. 

Kasumi97 January 29, 2014 - 4:23 AM

Best Hotsauce ever: Siracha. Hands down the best hotsauce ever

deadman1144 March 4, 2014 - 7:18 AM

Jalapenos are rated 4000 to 6000 scoville unitd

New Horizons March 8, 2014 - 11:19 AM

my brother ate hot sauce at age 2 and he cant feel spicyness as much

TimothyCHenderson March 31, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Love hot foods, hate hot sauce (the vinegar base is disgusting).  I'll take a hot curry any day over hot sauce.

AceHalford April 7, 2014 - 2:27 AM

Sooooo spicy is AN ILLUSION?!?!

Smith April 7, 2014 - 9:30 AM

milk is a base. not an "acidic product"

ThaFreakymeL May 24, 2014 - 10:07 PM

"why does my pee smell?" thanks d-news

Kai Chu May 31, 2014 - 11:51 PM

Milk is not acidic in fact it is basic like other dairy products

Yung Mobz June 2, 2014 - 11:40 PM

Shit water is better then nothing

Adlai Martinez June 8, 2014 - 12:17 AM

The SECRET for a pepper to be healthy as here being described is to eat it while its still raw(still tasteful), adding chemistry makes them lose all of their properties and brings stomach aches. From experience here.

justin starks June 16, 2014 - 11:42 AM

?? Dairy products aren't acidic… they are actually basic. Did anyone else catch that slip up, or was I just looking too into it lol?

Nixsy924 June 28, 2014 - 6:00 PM

i love to drink Hot sauce straight out of the bottle. to get anything spicy for me, i have to sprinkle a small tiny amount of ghost chili powder on it, just a small amount.

Gammareign January 20, 2015 - 10:11 AM

I wuv spicy foods.

gabriel kardos April 10, 2015 - 9:13 PM

who else watched this while eating hot peppers lol : )

SONA CRUZ May 26, 2015 - 7:54 AM

2:04 sounds great haha

Maximum Matisyahu 117 מתתיהו August 1, 2015 - 8:24 AM

I aloso made a video on why things are spicy one of my favorite videos i loove spicy food ❤️

Leo P August 14, 2015 - 12:11 PM

I put my Scorpian Pepper Sauce on everything!

Tru3warrior544 September 10, 2015 - 5:59 AM

who is eating spicy food while watching

Luis D September 18, 2015 - 6:12 AM

wtf is this dude holding a mic for???

Kanye Grande October 27, 2015 - 9:29 AM

is it me or dose it always fell like every tyle of spicyness level is the same

ok then December 13, 2015 - 12:26 PM

"When you eat it, the insides of your body you can cause diarrheas an-"

"SOUNDS GREAT LETS TRY SOME."

Wesley Preston January 2, 2016 - 12:17 PM

the guy in the middle has the cjillest, most soothing voice ive ever heard.

oley sanches January 16, 2017 - 7:39 PM

i use peppers and hot souse when i feel i am getting sick then i never get sick ….. ya some times i have to force myself to eat it because it just might not sound good when i am feeling a sickness coming on but its always worth it in the long run

Sushi Trash April 26, 2017 - 3:01 PM

CAN YOU GUYS DO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOPAMINE & SEROTONIN PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Setiawan July 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

My grandpa couldn't handle spiciness. Sometimes he'd be overwhelmed and heave as if his face is being literally burned. He feels that it's much much much too hot, while the rest of us couldn't even taste the faintest hint of spiciness. Sometimes I think he's just pretending to be so to skip the meal that he doesn't like and eat something else, he's too nice to say that he doesn't like the meal.