Eat Chilli - Sleep Better!
Researchers in Australia discovered that a group of volunteers fell asleep more easily when they ate food rich in chillies. "They also said they woke better and seemed to have a bit more energy during the day," said lead researcher Andrew Davies, of the University of Tasmania (4)
Cooling the Heat:
Milk products will cool you off after eating chiles because casein, a protein found in dairy products, breaks the bond between the pain receptors in your mouth, throat and stomach and the capsaicinoids in the chille peppers (5). I have also seen interviews with Levi Roots who swears that peanut butter is the best way to curb the heat.
Chilli Exchange Rate:The Institute is housed on the main campus of New Mexico State University, in Gerald Thomas Hall room 265, and is officially known as the Chile Pepper Institute Center for Chile Education."
In early ancient civilizations the Mayan, Inca and Aztec used chile peppers as currency.... I wonder what each chilli would be worth?
Current World Hottest Chilli:
Always lots of discussion around this one, I picked this nice diagram up from the The Chile Pepper Institute showing the current hottest record holder to be the Ghost Chilli. look out for sauces containing this chilli as they mean business! (6) As soon as I wrote this the record has already been broken again check out the NAGA VIPER weighing in at 1,359,000 units!
- Paul Rozin1 and Deborah Schiller, Paul; Schiller, Deborah (1980). "The nature and acquisition of a preference for chili pepper by humans". Motivation and Emotion 4 (1): 77–101.
- The Powerful Health Punch of the Mighty Pod. http://www.fiery_foods.com/dave/health11.html DeWitt, D. 2002.
- The Chile Pepper Institute
- http://www.metro.co.uk/ Chef fed chilli in brain experiment