Published last week was a report detailing the benefits of eating spicy food daily particularly food rich in capsaicin, the chemical found in Chilli Peppers. Capsaicin has anti obesity, anti oxidant, anti inflammation and cancer fighting properties.
The research was carried out on nearly half a million middle aged men and these men were tracked over 7 year – so there is some substance to this report.
We use a variety of chilli’s and work closely with The Chilli Doctor to make sure we are getting the best quality possible.
Here are some facts about Naga Chilli (AKA Ghost Pepper) and The Moruga Scorpion Chilli Pepper
A Chilli’s heat is measured in Scoville Units which dilutes the chilli in sugar water until any heat can not be detected anymore. A more accurate way of measuring the heat of a chilli is to use ASTA pungency units.
ASTA stands for American Spice Trade Association and high performance liquid chromatography is used to determine the heat producing chemicals (Capsaicinoids)
1 part of capsaicin per million corresponds to about 15 million Scoville units.
The Naga Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper rates about 1 million on the scoville scale so you are getting about 66,666 capsaicum units
The Moruga Scorpion Chilli Pepper rates about 1.5 million scovilles equals 100,000 capsaicim units.
Pure Capsaicin extract measures 16 million scovilles about 1 million capsaicum units.