About Hot SauceHow 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…
The 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!