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How to deal with a spicy mouth

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How to deal with a spicy mouth

Have you ever taken a bite of something, and realised that camouflaged under some unsuspecting vegetable was actually a big piece of chilli that was about to blow your mouth off? Or maybe you had a Dr. Pepper moment and just went straight in and bit off the end of a chilli pepper thinking "what's the worst that can happen"?  Don't worry, you're not alone. Every so often a rogue chilli creeps onto your plate and by the time you realise what's happening your mouth is aflame and won't return to normal for at least 10 minutes. Perhaps, like some of...

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Which chilli is the spiciest?

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Which chilli is the spiciest?

There's a bit of a debate going round about which chilli is actually the hottest. We proud Indians still declare the great Bhut Jolokia as the hottest chilli in the world. After all, didn't The Guinness Book of World Records share our view? If so, then where is the disagreement? It turns out that there are a few candidates for the world's spiciest chilli, and tragically, it doesn't look like our beloved Bhut Jolokia wears the crown anymore. The Bhut Jolokia chilli was dropped from the Guinness World Record in 2012. That said, our Naga crop is still damn spicy, and...

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Why do we love the chilli?

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Why do we love the chilli?

Have you ever wondered what goes on in your mouth when you bite into a chilli? For some people biting into a chilli is jut about the worst thing you can possibly do. But for others it's hard to get through a meal without biting straight into a crunchy, raw hari mirch.  So what's going on? Are these two types of people somehow experiencing different things altogether? Is there something that makes some people react worse than others? If chilli makes your tongue feel on fire, is there something damaging happening to the skin on your tongue? As it turns...

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