SciShow’s hot take: Peppers don’t produce that spicy goodness for the reason you think!
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I had a part Persian cat that sat begging for some Cheez Whiz… but what she didn't know is that it was Mexican Cheeze Whiz. I gave her a tiny dab on the end of my finger.... She licked it and looked like she was enjoying it immensely, but then her chewing action became wider and wider, until she looked up at me with her mouth wide open and her tongue sticking out.... But she wanted more :-O I decided it wasn't a good idea :-) Hahaha... the look on her face was priceless... then she headed for the water dish :-) Crazy Black and White part Persian kitty... :-)
An advice for people who wants to enjoy hot spicy food but don't want to suffer the consequences of "burning" stomach or stool that may come along with itchy anus: drink milk, before eating to line your stomach and/or after eating to wash down the capsaicin.
Even the hottest peppers still get that black mold inside them (During pollination), apparently the spores work their way down the stigma (Where the pollen goes down), this can lead to dwarf fruits, but can happen to full sized fruit also. but I find that earwigs attack (Drill holes into and breed inside) my Bell, Jalapenos more than my Habanero, Reapers.
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.
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