What makes Hot Sauce hot?

What makes Hot Sauce hot?

Have you ever wondered what makes hot sauce so spicy? 

Let us introduce you to the science behind it.

What is Capsaicin?

The secret behind the spiciness of hot sauce lies in a compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin is a colourless and odourless compound found in chilli peppers. It is responsible for the burning sensation you feel when you consume spicy foods. Incredibly, it is actually classed as a chemical irritant however overtime us human's have adapted to actually enjoy the sensation! 

How Does Capsaicin Work?

When you consume hot sauce, capsaicin binds to pain receptors in your mouth and throat. This interaction sends a signal to your brain telling it that you're eating something hot triggering a burning sensation, causing your body to react as if it were exposed to heat. 


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Health Benefits of Capsaicin

Despite its fiery nature, capsaicin offers several health benefits. It can help boost metabolism, reduce inflammation, and even act as a natural pain reliever.

Fun Fact: Diluting the Heat

If you find hot sauce too spicy, try diluting it with dairy products like milk or yogurt. The casein protein in dairy helps break down the capsaicin, providing relief from the heat.

Next time you reach for that bottle of hot sauce, remember the science behind its spiciness. Whether you enjoy a mild kick or a fiery explosion, capsaicin is the key ingredient that makes hot sauce so irresistibly spicy.

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