chili peppers

18 Stories

Astronauts Dine on 'Best Space Tacos Yet!'

Friday's meal featured ISS' first space-grown Hatch chiles

(Newser) - NASA astronauts dined Friday on tacos with a star ingredient: some of the first chile peppers grown from seed to maturity in space. Astronaut Megan McArthur tweeted a photo of "my best space tacos yet" consisting of fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes and fresh Hatch chile peppers, which...

Nobel Winner 'Unlocks One of the Secrets of Nature'

2 US-based scientists take home medicine prize for discovery of receptors for temperature, touch

(Newser) - "Exciting news" was delivered Monday to two US-based scientists. The Nobel Prize in the field of physiology or medicine has been awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian, cited for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch. The winners were announced Monday by Thomas Perlmann, secretary-general of...

Extremely Hot Chili Triggers Brain Condition

Man ended up in the hospital after chili-eating contest

(Newser) - Some extremely hot chili peppers can cause a lot of discomfort. The Carolina Reaper can put you in a medical journal. A study published in the BMJ looks at the case of a 34-year-old man who developed "thunderclap headaches" after consuming just one of the incredibly hot peppers at...

Man's Chili Is Fiercer Than Army's Pepper Spray

Welsh farmer unveils 'Dragon's Breath'

(Newser) - There's a new contender for hottest chili pepper in the world—but even its grower doesn't recommend eating it. The "Dragon's Breath" chili, grown by Welsh farmer Mike Smith, scores a frightening 2.48 million on the Scoville heat scale, well ahead of the 2.2...

Chili Pepper, Pot May Fix Your Ailing Stomach
Chili Pepper, Pot May Fix
Your Ailing Stomach

Chili Pepper, Pot May Fix Your Ailing Stomach

They both have a chemical that plays a role in easing inflammation

(Newser) - Have an upset stomach? A new study suggests that chili peppers and perhaps a pot brownie might help. It may sound bizarre, but researchers at the University of Connecticut found that a chemical in chili peppers played a role in the calming the gut, at least in mice. What's...

Ghost Pepper Puts Hole in Man's Esophagus
Ghost Pepper Puts Hole
in Man's Esophagus
in case you missed it

Ghost Pepper Puts Hole in Man's Esophagus

Excessive vomiting tore a hole in his esophagus

(Newser) - The ghost pepper is one of the world's hottest peppers, with a Scoville rating of more than a million. So it might follow that you shouldn't ingest it in more than tiny quantities. And yet, the Journal of Emergency Medicine reports on the unusual case of a man...

World's Hottest Pepper Wreaks Havoc on Middle School

Carolina Reapers sicken more than two dozen students in Indiana

(Newser) - The inventor of the Carolina Reaper—the world's hottest pepper—describes it as "kind of like eating molten lava." "That's the best way to put it," he tells PRI . So you can only imagine what happened when a batch of Reapers made their way...

Want to Live Longer? Add Chili Peppers to Your Diet

The study analyzed more than 485K people

(Newser) - People who like a little heat in their meals just might be doing their longevity a favor. So report researchers this week in the British Medical Journal after studying the health, diets, and alcohol consumption of more than 485,000 people in China. Controlling for many variables, including family medical...

This Is Earth's Hottest Pepper
 This Is Earth's Hottest Pepper 

This Is Earth's Hottest Pepper

...according to Guinness, and it's grown in the US

(Newser) - The Carolina Reaper has taken the title of world's hottest pepper, after a four-year quest to do just that. The Guinness Book of World Records in November handed the honor to Ed Currie, who grows the fire-engine red peppers in South Carolina. The move followed 2012 testing at Winthrop...

Farmers Fight Elephants With Chili Peppers

Low-tech solution saves crops because elephants' noses very sensitive

(Newser) - With elephant populations finally on the rebound in eastern Africa, farmers are increasingly squaring off against the giant pachyderms, which can eat up to 660 pounds of food a day. Electric fences have been deemed too dangerous and expensive, so many farmers have started employing a much lower-tech solution to...

Chilis May Lower Blood Pressure

Spicy food could counter hypertension: Study

(Newser) - Good news for spicy food lovers: Eating chili peppers may lower blood pressure over the long term. A new study, carried out on rats, is the first to establish a link between long-term ingestion of capsaicin, the ingredient that makes chilis spicy, and lowered blood pressure in animals predisposed to...

India's New Military Weapon: 'Ghost Chili'

Military will make mini hand grenades with it

(Newser) - The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world's hottest chili. Defense officials have decided to use the thumb-sized "bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili," to make tear-gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects. "The chili grenade has been found fit for use after trials...

Best Aphrodisiac Foods
 Best Aphrodisiac Foods 
when in doubt, stick with wine

Best Aphrodisiac Foods

From the known (oysters) to the bizarre (banana bread), the sexiest foods

(Newser) - If you're looking for a Valentine's Day meal to put you and your lover in the mood, skip the chocolate—you'd need to eat 25 pounds to feel its euphoric effects. And despite the inclusion of popular aphrodisiacs like oysters on many V-Day menus, most meals are so heavy "...

Chili Peppers Could Help Heart Attack Victims

Capsaicin found to reduce cell damage in mice

(Newser) - Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers so spicy, could turn out to be the newest—and oddest—heart drug, the Wall Street Journal reports. Scientists applied the chemical to the abdominal skin of mice then induced heart attacks; their hearts suffered 85% less cell damage than the mice treated...

UK Cook Eats Own Hot Sauce, Dies

Contest with girlfriend's brother ends in tragedy

(Newser) - A budding British cook died last week after eating his own spicy tomato sauce, the London Times reports. Andrew Lee, 33, challenged his girlfriend’s brother to a contest, arriving with a jar of the sauce, made with chilies his father had grown. After eating it, he felt itchy and...

Tomatoes OK, FDA Says
 Tomatoes OK, FDA Says 

Tomatoes OK, FDA Says

Salmonella warning is lifted, though investigation continues

(Newser) - The US government has declared it's OK to eat tomatoes again, lifting its salmonella warning amid signs that the outbreak, while not over, may finally be slowing. Officials reiterated earlier warnings that the people most at risk of salmonella should avoid hot peppers, particularly jalapenos and serranos. The Food and...

FDA Salmonella Probe Switches to Jalapenos

Investigators eying other salsa ingredients for source of outbreak

(Newser) - Jalapeno peppers have pushed tomatoes off the top of the FDA's suspect list in the recent salmonella outbreak, reports the Wall Street Journal. Investigators believe salsa may be the culprit in the rash of illnesses, and after a drop in tomato consumption failed to halt a rise in cases, they...

Hot Sauce Could Be the New Morphine
Hot Sauce
Could Be the New Morphine

Hot Sauce Could Be the New Morphine

Chemical in chili peppers that burns also numbs—for days

(Newser) - Doctors think they have a hot lead on an alternative to opioid pain killers like morphine: chili peppers. California-based researchers are dripping what is essentially a sterile version of hot sauce—containing capsaicin, the chemical that gives peppers their bite—directly into open wounds during surgery. Just like biting into...

18 Stories
Popular on Newser
We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.