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Spicy exchange / 2022

What foods have capsaicin?

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We all know peppers have capsaicin...

But did you know there are other plants with trace amounts?

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Cinnamon has a very small amount of capsaicin — but that's not what makes it spicy. Swipe up to learn about the natural chemicals that make cinnamon spicy.

Cinnamon

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Herbs

Oregano and cilantro also have a small amount of capsaicin, but little enough that they do not taste spicy. They have small enough quantities that they still rate 0 on the Scoville scale.

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Surprisingly, bell peppers are the ONLY members of the genus Capsicum (aka, peppers) that do not produce any capsaicin.

What about bell peppers?

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What about ginger?

Ginger can feel spicy in your mouth and throat, but it does not contain any capsaicin either. Instead, it contains a spicy compound called gingerol.

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Capsaicin is a strong irritant but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are allergic to capsaicin.  If you find that you cannot eat peppers, tomatoes, or eggplants, you may be allergic to all nightshades rather than capsaicin specifically.

Can you be allergic to capsaicin?

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