Some Like It Hot – The Scoville Scale

Some Like It Hot – The Scoville scale

Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on
Some feel the heat and decide that they can’t go on
Some like it hot, but you can’t tell how hot ’til you try
Some like it hot, so let’s turn up the heat ’til we fry

Some Like It Hot - The Scoville ScaleAnyone who knows me is aware of my love of spicy foods. The hotter the better. My family doesn’t know where this love originates since my mom never made spicy things during my childhood (a pickle is too spicy for her). Friends think I have no taste buds. Coworkers used to test me by bringing peppers into work. It was all good fun until the Ghost Pepper lost the top spot on the Scoville scale. From chili to wings to beer, I enjoy (or at least can tolerate) the Ghost Pepper’s addition. That’s when I tap out.

I’ve never tried the Trinidad Scorpion or the Carolina Reaper. To be honest, I’ve never even wanted to try them since the Ghost Pepper met my need for heat while still offering flavor. I’ve heard the exploits of many people taking the Carolina Reaper challenge and think, More power to them. I don’t need to compete with them.

Today I came across this article from Arstechnica with the headline:

Eating world’s hottest pepper sparks brain disorder, thunderclap headaches

That intrigued me, but it was really the subheading that made me stop and read the article.

Hot peppers linked to blood flow problems, heart attacks before, but not brain issues.

Given my recent battle with blood clots, this concerned me. You’d think with as much spicy food as I eat that I wouldn’t need blood thinners, but I’m still on them for the foreseeable future. Now I’m beginning to obsess whether I’m narrowing my arteries on a regular basis with each spicy meal. More research ensues.

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