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Jabu Ndlovu

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What makes chillies hot?
« on: 16/09/2011 11:30:04 »
Jabu Ndlovu  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Dear Chris,

Can you please help explain the phenomenon behind the chillies/peri peri.  

What is the chemical composition of this plant for it to burn the way it does.  ( I love it by the way, gives great taste to food) Is there any evidence of it being used in war or to make explosives?

Please advise,

Regards,

Jabu

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Re: What makes chillies hot?
« Reply #1 on: 01/04/2012 00:52:40 »
The compound is capsaicin newbielink:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsaicin [nonactive]

It is used in pepper spray for self-defense uses.

Useless for explosives
 

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Re: What makes chillies hot?
« Reply #2 on: 01/04/2012 15:59:34 »
Apparently, chillies are not actually "hot".. but it is our brain which makes our body think it is hot, due to a fast response to the Capsaicin present in the chillies!
 

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Re: What makes chillies hot?
« Reply #3 on: 02/04/2012 12:10:53 »
does too much chilli damage our tonges taste cells?
 

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