Spicy foods already have a reputation for burning through your metabolism to help you lose weight. Now there’s even better news for those who like their food super-spicy, with recent studies indicating a possible link between spicy foods and lower death rates. There’s also evidence that these foods may clear out sinuses, relieve symptoms from ulcers and nourish the heart.
Typically, people who love hot food cite peppers as their number-one choice. If you’re a pepper eater, which are the hottest? The well-known Scoville Scale ranks pepper hotness in “scoville” units. Highlights from the rankings include:
Pimento and pepperoncini—100-500
Tabasco sauce from green pepper—600-800
Tabasco sauce from Tabasco pepper—2,500-5,000
Tabasco sauce Habanero—7,000-8,000
Naga jolokia—855,000-1.04 million
Pepper spray—2 million-5.3 million