About Hot Sauce January 25 2015

How does one describe the joy and yet sometimes abject terror at sampling a brand new hot sauce, a fire-brand with Scoville Units by the thousand and bragging rights by the bucket-load. Should one be able to stomach such a condiment? The simple answer is you can’t, well not enough to do the hot sauce in question any justice…

Hot Sauce High!
The time-honored tradition of adding chili (or a hot sauce) to a meal, or even simply using it as a dip for a packet of ‘French Fries’ is one that only ardent spice-mongers will fully appreciate…And boy oh boy it IS good. It has been found that the body builds up a ‘resistance’ to the heat factor dealt out by Mr. Habanero, Dr. Cayenne Pepper and many other types of naturally hot ‘personalities’, to name but a few of our dependable chili-fueled hot sauce allies. The theory states that our bodies release endorphins and enzymes that make the heat more bearable and the hot sauce more palatable. This is no doubt true as it takes some dedicated time before anyone can successfully eat a hot dog, laden with ‘Birds Eye Chili’ and hot sauce. And all without breaking into a panicked sweat, often accompanied by ‘I-want-to-die-from-this-pain’ burns to the tongue and lips and sometimes even awkward hiccuping (No doubt the body’s best defense against a chili attack!).

Why do we constantly search for the hottest and ‘nastiest’ hot sauce out there? Why would we go to such lengths to set our mouths and stomachs alight? This is answered by referring back to our measure of heat, the Scoville Unit: The hotter the sauce, the tastier the Hot Sauce! It boils (pun intended) down to that, and the more heat that is on offer, the more endorphins and ‘feel happy’ enzymes are released into the system. It is no wonder that people become addicted to eating chili and hot sauces in very much the same way that health nuts become hooked on running, gym and exercise. The very same endorphins that are released by the body during a good physical workout are released when one consumes a delicious pasta, curry or even a grilled cheese sandwich bathed in tantalizing chili!

Is Hot Sauce Healthy?
“Isn't eating all that hot sauce bad for you?” I hear you ask. Quite the opposite is also the truth, because chili has many excellent qualities that not only can improve your physical health, but your mental health too. Hot sauce containing chili has been proven to raise body temperature, increases your metabolism and due to its high content of vitamin C and anti-oxidant properties, is thought to reduce the risks of cancer. Hot sauces, by nature of their ability to produce ‘feel-happy’ enzymes, are also are a great natural anti-depressant and all of these aforementioned facts reduce the guilt one might feel in eating a pizza! After all, it is smothered in tasty, healthy chili right!? As crazy as this all sounds, it is however as real as the heat one feels when polishing off that last ‘peri-peri’ burrito…

A Bit of Friendly Competition
Be that as it may, another real other kick one gets from eating hot sauce is the chance to tell your buddies that you did it - that you ate that hot sauce made out of diced Ghost Peppers. There is nothing more manly than eating a scorching chili and not flinching. And for the ladies, there is nothing more satisfying than showing up bravado-driven men by devouring a hot sauce that they wouldn't dare touch…