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09-21-2010, 03:53 AM
The Pleasure and Pain of Chili Peppers

By TARA PARKER-POPE ( William P. O’Donnell/The New York Times
Why do humans get pleasure from foods like chili peppers and jalapenos, even when they are painful to eat? The New York Times science editor Jim Gorman looks for answers in today’s Science Times. He writes:
Some experts argue that we like chilies because they are good for us…. Others, notably Dr. Paul Rozin at the University of Pennsylvania, argue that the beneficial effects are too small to explain the great human love of chili-spiced food. Dr. Rozin, who studies other human emotions and likes and dislikes (“I am the father of disgust in psychology”) thinks that we’re in it for the pain.
He has evidence for what he calls benign masochism. For example, he tested chili eaters by gradually increasing the pain, or, as the pros call it, the pungency, of the food right up to the point at which the subjects said they just could not go further. When asked after the test what level of heat they liked the best, they chose the highest level they could stand, “just below the level of unbearable pain.”
To learn more, read the full story, “A Perk of Our Evolution: Pleasure in Pain of Chilies, (” and then please join the discussion below by sharing your best spicy stories.

شمله ور خراساني
09-21-2010, 09:36 PM
i love green chilis. Especially in ramadan.

09-21-2010, 11:05 PM
i love fresh thai chili added to tarkari when it's cooked. green chili is the best when it's fried with chicken and tomatoes as whole and of course the pickled green chili juice is to kill for.

09-21-2010, 11:59 PM
you know so many people suggested it so i tried it. honestly i didn't see what the big deal was about.

Catya Sher
09-22-2010, 12:27 AM
I was just picking some of my chili peppers....I usually hate red color but in THIS case I wonder if red ones are not more full of vitamins.

That is what drew me to this thread: the marvelous benefits for the health of all chili peppers. The more one eats a day, the better for long term health.

Rather than reiterating what researchers say, I feel that one can gauge intuitively that the red or any peppers counterract imbalances of sugar in the blood.

A worker told me yesterday he may have diabetes, which is rampant all over America. This was a Hispanic guy who customarily eats the hottest jalapenos. So maybe my theory is no good. More likely, it was other dietary deficiencies such as intake of --- ahem, soda pop, caffeinated drinks, sports drinks like gatorade which KILL the immune and adrenal systems.

Those and all systems are boosted by Cayenne.
I recommend it for nearly every ailment.
Could mention much more...but will keep this short for the moment!

Catya Sher
11-01-2010, 06:17 PM
Update : the worker I mentioned earlier found out he does NOT have diabetes.

I checked how many Jalapenos he usually consumes a day.
He said : 5 or 6 !

So, the coast is clear. Eat as many red peppers as you can, in various forms, including Cayenne powder.

NO NEED to take Vitamin C capsules which are full of - who knows what ingredients or chemicals sometimes -

Instead find a way to fit in Cayenne or full peppers in various ways in your diet.

Suggestion is to actually drink some with lemon and a naturally sweet herb or Organic fruit preserves or organic honey every day throughout the day.

This will stop everything, visible AND invisible, from getting to you -!

11-01-2010, 07:55 PM
If you ever get your hands on Lindt Chocolate with red chilli, try it. One the best chocolates ever!!!!

seriously? ive tried lynt but not the chilli one............there was also walkers crisps that were chilli and chocolate flavoured.......weird or what?

Catya Sher
11-01-2010, 08:23 PM
I thought to mention a warning to
NOT sample

A lot of stores offer some sort of chips with various Salsas. Those contain chilis, sometimes jalapenos, tomatoes, etc.

However: they are aimed at getting people to munch much more -!- of these snack foods. When they sit out even for an hour in a busy supermarket, I always felt too many bacteria can collect on the salsa sitting there for maybe a whole day that it's not worth it.

The best is to find a natural, freshly made product and buy it...
don't be tempted by the samples, no matter how hungry you may be at the moment!

11-01-2010, 10:09 PM
I absolutely love Chilli peppers. I just love it and I am also nearly addicted to them.

Catya Sher
11-01-2010, 10:29 PM
Which kind do you prefer, Dukhtar-e-Kabul?>
Do you use in cooking mainly ?
Does your husband like them too, or not so much?

It's the healthiest SIMPLE ingredient probably to add in to anyone's diet.

Plus, may I say, the least expensive way to prevent a plethora of HEART ailments. These are so common today, and billions of dollars, rubles, euros, and even the new dinars of Malaysia have been wasted on useless "cures".

When all one has to do is consume Chilis or Cayenne powder and your heart and/or circulatory system will never be in bad shape.

What does A YEAR'S Supply of Cayenne Capsules - ! - cost in comparison with even ONE visit to a specialist ?