Archive for March, 2012

Spicy Compound May Boost Heart Health

Filed in Health Benefits by on March 28, 2012
Spicy Compound May Boost Heart Health

Some people can’t get enough of the painful pleasure of spicy foods. Now, new research on hamsters suggests that those who like it hot may get some added heart-health benefits from capsaicinoids, the compounds that give chili peppers from jalepenos to habaneros their kick.

Scientists from the Chinese University of Hong Kong studied how capsaicinoids — capsaicin and its chemical relatives — affected the blood vessels of hamsters. Researchers fed hamsters diets high in cholesterol, and spiced up the food for some groups of the animals with varying levels of capsaicinoids.

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Digital Short Contest – Mad Dog 357

Filed in Videos by on March 21, 2012
Digital Short Contest – Mad Dog 357

Uploaded on Feb 25, 2012 The culprit behind the pain? Mad Dog 357 hot sauce, made from 6,000,000 scoville pepper extract. Thanks to Josh Sanders for providing the sauce, and Steve and Tommy for being brave enough to try it.

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Chili Peppers Bring More Than Just Heat

Filed in Health Benefits by on March 16, 2012
Chili Peppers Bring More Than Just Heat

It is no accident that “hot” peppers are the backbone of Central- and South American indigenous cuisines. They “love” heat.

The capsicum genus, a branch of the solanaceas family, contains 31 known species, only five of which are domesticated.

Over centuries, these five species travelled from their ancestral places of origin to near and far, and everywhere they were manipulated by framers and shaped by “terroir” to produce a kaleidoscopic array of sub-varieties/

The major pepper originated from capsicum cumonnuum which itself evolved from devilishly hot anonymous peppers long forgotten.

Then there are capsicums chinense, capsicum baccatum, capsicum pubescens and others.

All capsicums are fruits with lustrous skins and ribbed and seed-filled interior.

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How Spicy Foods Can Speed up Your Metabolism

Filed in Health Benefits by on March 12, 2012
How Spicy Foods Can Speed up Your Metabolism

It has long been thought that spicy foods help to speed up your metabolism, but the information on how and how long has been varied and remained somewhat unclear. It is thought the main element that gives chilis their heat – capsaicin – is responsible for creating this effect, as it creates heat generation and raises body temperature upon consumption.

What Is Metabolism?

Metabolism is the amount of energy or calories needed by your body to maintain itself throughout the day. Everyone’s metabolism is affected by their body composition so that people with more muscles will have a higher metabolism, while those that are less muscular have a lower metabolism.

A person with a higher metabolism (due to working out and greater muscle mass) will be able to eat more calories daily than another person with the same weight and height that does not workout or have the same amount of muscle mass. Though there are several ways that are said to increase metabolism, the most well-documented way to increase your metabolism is to workout with strength training exercises. Because of the fact that muscle is a more efficient calorie burner than fat, the more you have, the better off you will be.

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