OT: What's Your Scoville Ranking?

Discussion in 'Football' started by MelroseHawkins, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. SmokeTownHawk

    SmokeTownHawk Well-Known Member

    Doesn't taste soapy to me but I can't get over how the divas on the Food Network throw it on food in much too generous portions. Cilantro to me can easily overpower a dish, almost as much as using too hot a pepper. It can throw off the balance of flavors all too well if one is not careful.
     
  2. CP87

    CP87 Well-Known Member

    The capsaicin that creates the "heat" in hot peppers does not actually create heat, of course, it just binds to our thermoreceptors that sense heat, and in so doing creates the illusion of heat. In much the same way, menthol binds to cold thermoreceptors and creates the illusion of cold. So the pepper itself cannot damage tissues.

    However, spicy food can increase gastric reflux (along with tomoatoes, citrus, alcohol, caffeine, garlic and onions, chocolate, etc.), which can cause esophagitis (sounds like this is likely your issue).

    Capsaicin can do some serious damage, though, but not directly. Because it activates pain receptors as well as thermoreceptors, it can elicit severe reflex responses that can mess you up good.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...per-world-first-hospitalized-brain/502083002/
     
  3. MelroseHawkins

    MelroseHawkins Well-Known Member


    Boy I agree. A little bit of cilantro can really go a long way. I really like it though. I can't get enough in salsa or on a taco. It can overpower though, like too much cumin or nutmeg. Goes a long way.
     
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  4. MelroseHawkins

    MelroseHawkins Well-Known Member

    Interesting, always wondered why the peppers over 500,000 didn't cause burns in the mouth or esophagus. Makes sense.
     
  5. Ree4

    Ree4 Well-Known Member

    Yep! Capsaicin itself is defined as an "irritant for mammals". That "was" my issue, backed the spice down and was better after a few weeks!
     
  6. MelroseHawkins

    MelroseHawkins Well-Known Member

    Could you imagine the coin one would make if they developed a medication/substance to immediately offset the effects of Capsaicin and take the individual back to homeostasis.
     
  7. CP87

    CP87 Well-Known Member

    And oddly, birds don't have any receptors that bind capsaicin, which is why you can load your bird seed with cayenne to keep the squirrels away, and the birds think nothing of it. Nature!
     
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  8. bitmap

    bitmap Well-Known Member

    It's called "Ice Cream" :)
     
  9. MelroseHawkins

    MelroseHawkins Well-Known Member

    So if I purchased a chocolate bhutlah and a pint of Whitey's ice cream, you'd eat the chocolate bhutlah?
     
  10. bitmap

    bitmap Well-Known Member

    Only a pint???
     
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