You may think of chili an unhealthy food that exacerbates ulcers and other stomach related problems. This is not true. Because in reality, chili peppers actually protects the stomach from gastric damages. Most of the chili contains up to seven times the Vitamin C level of an orange, says scientific research. Vitamin C helps the body make collagen, a special protein necessary for the body to make skins, ligaments, and blood vessels. It fights against congestion, indigestion, migraine problems, muscle pain, and mild deficiencies. Chili is full of Vitamin C, and it peps up your health as well as the taste of a meal.
The hotness of a chili is measured by a measuring system called The Scoville Scale. So what’s exactly is The Scoville Scale?
It named after Wilbur L. Scoville (1865-1942), who developed the Scoville Organoleptic Test in 1912 while working at the Parke Davis pharmaceutical company.
The idea is to find out how many teaspoons of sugar-water solution do you need to dilute 1 teaspoon of a pepper until you could not taste any heat from the chili. According to this test, for example, a teaspoon of mashed Anaheim that is labeled as 1,000 to 2500 units would take 1000-25000 teaspoons of sugar-water solution to get diluted. That means you won’t detect any heat or spiciness of the chili after diluting it with that ratio.
Just recently, National Geographic has published an article saying that they have found one guy who accidentally created he Dragon’s Breath, The Hottest Chili in the World. It was created by a Welsh farmer called Mike Smith who is an show-gardener and fruit grower from Denbighshire, Wales. According to him, one drop of oil from this chili can be detected in 2.48 million drops of water.
The Dragon’s Breath registers 2.48 million whooping SHU.
Scientists say if you eat this, you will go into anaphylactic shock and probably die from asphyxiation.
Mike Smith is 53 yo, owner of Tom Smith’s Plants, who has been growing chilies and vegetables for the last seven years. The chili was created in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, and it has a medicinal use.
It is so powerful that when it is applied to the skin, it numbs it. Therefore it was developed to be used in medical treatment as an anesthetic.