SciShow’s hot take: Peppers don’t produce that spicy goodness for the reason you think!
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It’s always about the peppers and their capsaicin when we talk hot. I’m curious about the burn from horseradish and wasabi, which is a more nasal burn. Google tells me that allyl isothiocynate is the culprit. So any research on why mustards burn?
I am a big fan of habaneros. I really like the flavour which can be great add to sauces without necessarily making it to spicy, and find that heat level is enjoyable in most dishes where it's more concentrated. Scorpions are pretty good, but I really don't like ghost peppers, I find the taste rather harsh.
Wrong, in mexico the point of putting as much chilli as possible to food is for that burning painful feeling..
Bolivian chilli?, weak, those researchers should come to mexico and check the 300+ species of chilli plants..
Also wrong again, not all the chilli plants tribe in rainforest environent, i live in a semi desertic area, and there are many chilli plants that grow quite fine..
I twice conquered the Blazin Buffalo challenge at Buffalo Wild Wings during the time they were using ghost pepper sauce. After my second win, I went on to order a second round just to enjoy!
My wife cant even handle tobasco :/
I believe our taste buds are evolved to reward us for eating a well balanced diet. Things eaten too often become bland and boring signaling us to seek out other foods so we do not suffer from nutritional deficiencies.
Could it be both? Afterall natural selection doesn't think. All that matters is whether a given organism successfully reproduces (and its offspring can do the same)
Mammals give spicy plants a reason to be mildly spicy, since mammals will leave them alone then. After that there's no incentive to evolve to be yet spicier without fungus. But there would still be an incentive to get to the point of being mildly spicy from mammals.
As for rats coming to prefer spiciness, maybe it's because rat brains get the same endorphin response that humans do, so when researchers subject them to intense circumstances they develop the same response.
Apparently, rats are capable of masochism, and if you think about it enjoying spicy food is a mild form of masochism. Here's a link to a study where rats chose to be electrically shocked.
In evolution there may be cases where not doing something because of pain leads to a disadvantage, in which case natural selection doesn't care whether this is resolved by not feeling pain or as much pain or turning the pain into pleasure. Or more accurately it can care. If the pain is intense enough without the pain being experienced as pleasure then conceivably it would be easier to just evolve to like the pain than to evolve not to feel it as much. Especially for social animals like humans and rats where complexity can change survival needs several times during life being able to learn to love pain under certain circumstances (such as acquiring a taste for spicy food or enjoying the rush from heavy exercise) while still abhorring it under other circumstances could be beneficial.
In reply, I give you this, from my own files. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx0AclzFII4&t=41s Notice he scratches it to eject the seeds. Also, habanero is NOT pronounced habanyero, and fungi rhymes with fun guy.
"Rodents and other mammals don't like eating hot peppers."
You never met my old pet rat, who would lick the hot sauce off my hands after I brought home a burrito.
One more data point for the sample size from a very silly and utterly adorable black-furred R. norvegicus.
For the most part. I had a cat that loved hot peppers more than I do. Even sauce that hadn't yet touched meat. So weird for a cat to want non-meat food, and weirder for adoring peppers with such a fervor.
These are all lies. Peppers are spicy because they're Sentient Creatures who are currently involved in a massive worldwide contest to see which type of pepper can cause the most humans to scream out loud due to a burning butthole when they go poop. Strategies differ between types of peppers in a Quality Vs. Quantity gameplan. Peppers such as the Serrano, Habanero & Jalapeno get frequent screams because so many people eat them on a regular basis. Others such as the Trinidad Moruga, Bhut Jolokia & Carolina Reaper go a more extreme route. They don't get nearly as many screams as the lower tier peppers because most people only eat them once or twice as a challenge & that's it, but when they do & they go to the bathroom the screams are horrifically terrifying & always earning Bonus Points due to the overwhelming fear contained in each scream.
i read it on the internet so it must be true, & it was even confirmed by a Cayenne Pepper whistleblower a few years ago. He's kind of the Edward Snowden of the Pepper world. There's also rumours that the film 'Monsters Inc.' was adapted from the story of the Pepper Scream game & they switched it to the Monster Under the Bed legend because it was far more kid-friendly than the TRUE story of the spice between the cheeks.
It wasn’t any of the top posts. And scrolling down, people have pointed out the ñ, but I don’t see a single one noticing that he said it with a j. I was actually going to comment only on that, then I listened again and noticed the ñ too.
This also explains why spicy peppers and food in general isn't as common in cold areas, I always found it ironic that the regions with spicy food are in hot places, you would think you'd want spicy food when it's cold, but the reasons the peppers make themselves hot probably aren't much of a problem in cold areas so spicy ingredients aren't available to be worked into the local cuisine aside from importing it from a warmer place that does have spicy peppers.
I know the anecdote of data is not plural but my favorite kitty cat seemed to enjoy spice. I like my chili very hot and while I ate it he'd stare at me waiting patiently for me to finish and set the bowl on the floor. He lick the bowl clean, knock the spoon out and clean it as well then look at me hopeful for more. And it wasn't like he made a B line to his water dish either. I miss that kitty.
Ughhhhhh... 4 seconds in, and I'm already forced to comment. It's habanero, NOT habañero.
I can't believe that this example of hyperforeignism slipped through editing.
Oh wait, it's SciShow. I guess I can believe that it happened.
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