10 Unexpected Health Benefits of Hot Sauce

And it turns out, your love of the burn is actually doing great things for your body. Capsaicin, the chemical responsible for all the burning mouths and teary eyes, is in fact a great health booster that can help with everything from losing weight to killing cancer cells. It does way more than just lighting up your taste buds.

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Victoria Dioh
Falafel, the ubiquitous street food of the Middle East

I spent half of one youthful summer in the Middle East, working on an archaeological dig. Most weekends I went into the nearby town and gorged myself on the falafel sold by a local street vendor.

I learned two important lessons that summer. One was that the nitty-gritty part of archaeology absolutely bored me stiff and I needed to end any romantic dreams I had of choosing it for a career.

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Victoria Dioh
‘The Planet’s Number One Hot Shop’

Pepper Palace, which sells gourmet hot sauce, BBQ sauce, salsa, pickled items, jellies and jams, beef jerky and more, will join Cincinnati Premium Outlets’ roster of nearly 100 retailers in March.

Touting itself as “the Planet’s Number One Hot Shop,” Pepper Palace invites shoppers to experience a variety of small batch, handcrafted, natural, and award-winning sauces while

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Victoria Dioh
Sauce innovation spotlights freshness, flavor and clean labels

KANSAS CITY — The market for sauces, dressings and marinades is exploding. Consumer desire for something different in a familiar format is driving product developers to create condiments featuring bolder flavors, but also attributes in tune with today’s consumer trends.

The consumer’s craving for something different was on display at this year’s Winter Fancy Foods Show,

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Victoria Dioh
Why Some People Just Can't Handle Spicy Food

“It’s not hot enough unless I’m dripping sweat as I eat it,” a friend of mine would tell the server at our favorite Mexican restaurant in college, as he ordered the secret, off-menu hot sauces for his burrito. Both in awe and disgust, I’d watch him pour threatening levels of neon orange and green sauces on his food, as I relished the buzzy head rush from the standard medium-level red salsa.

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Victoria Dioh