Capsaicin

Science

Why You Get Off on Torturing Yourself With Chilis

It turns out that we are physiologically and psychologically predisposed to sadomasochistic dining tendencies.
Jessica Thompson
1.6.18
WTF

Chef Attacks Diner with Chili Powder During Fight Over Tough Meat

A Welsh man ended up being hospitalized with very swollen eyes and burns on his chest.
Nick Rose
1.24.17
WTF

A Guy Burned a Huge Hole in His Esophagus by Eating Ghost Peppers

Sometimes hot peppers can straight-up burn a hole through the human body.
Nick Rose
10.18.16
Capsaicin

Why Eating Ginger with Chili Peppers Could Save Your Life

There is a growing body of science supporting the health benefits of capsaicin but also mounting evidence suggesting that it can cause cancer. A team of scientists set out to better understand this contradiction.
Nick Rose
9.10.16
Science

Here’s Why Water Is the Worst Thing to Drink With a Spicy Meal

A new video released by the American Chemical Society explains exactly why drinking water after you eat spicy food is pretty much the worst thing you can do.
Alex Swerdloff
12.3.15
heartburn

The 'World's Hottest Curry' Made Me Hallucinate

I ate a plate of hot chilies stuffed with even hotter chilies and slathered in chili sauce. You'd be hard-pressed to find something spicier outside of a can of pepper spray.
Mitch Syrett
10.28.15
Science

Wasabi Could Be the Key to the Next Great Painkiller

Scientists are hoping that a detailed map of the pain receptor associated with wasabi and horseradish can help them design better analgesic medicine.
Munchies Staff
4.10.15
spicy

Our Growing Hot Sauce Obsession Could Lead to Hotter Jalapeños

With the hot sauce industry skyrocketing in the US, some farmers are eager to develop peppers that have bigger heat without sacrificing flavor.
Hilary Pollack
4.6.15
chilies

Edinburgh's Killer Curry Didn't Murder Me

Edinburgh is home to Kismot, the keeper of one of the world's hottest curries. My friends and I decided to see if we could tackle what Kismot calls "The Killer," but it left me wondering: Why do people hurt themselves like this?
Hope Whitmore
11.14.14
LOUISIANA

I Didn’t Get Heartburn at the Tabasco Factory

I'd always wanted to visit the Tabasco’s headquarters so I made the pilgrimage to Avery Island, where the hot stuff factory sits in the middle of a swamp.
Sarah Baird
5.21.14