Hot Pepper Capsaicin

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About Hot Pepper Capsaicin

Indeed, hot pepper capsaicin is an extremely hot topic. Capsaicin is the chemical that makes hot peppers “Hot”. The Scoville Organoleptic Scale was created in 1912 by a pharmacist named Wilbur Scoville. Scoville designed it to measure the “heat” in hot peppers.

There are five common, naturally occurring capsaicinoids. The hottest of them is rated 16 million Scoville units. A single drop diluted in 100,000 drops of water will blister your tongue!

The Scoville Rating

Pepper:Scoville Score:
Anaheim200
Paprika1,000
Ancho Poblano1,0001,500
Cherry Bomb2,000
Jalapeno4,000
Serrano8,000
Chili15,000 – 30,000
Cayenne30,000
Tobasco80,000
Thai80,000
Habanero200,000
Jolokia (Ghost Pepper)855,000 – 1,041,427
Dragon’s Breath Chili2,400,000
Maximum on Scale16,000,000
Jalapeno Pepper Plant

Capsaicin has Medicinal Value

Yup, that’s right. Capsaicin has medicinal properties.

It may surprise you to know, that Capsaicin has medicinal value. It helps to reduce inflammations.

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