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Spicy exchange / 2022

Why is cinnamon so spicy?

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Does cinnamon have capsaicin?

Cinnamon has very minimal capsaicin, and rates as a 0 on the Scoville scale... so what makes it spicy?

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Cinnamon has high levels of cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. The combination makes cinnamon taste spicy and feel burning in your mouth.

What makes cinnamon spicy...

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Other effects

Cinnamaldehyde and eugenol cause an intense cough reflex and runny nose — you'll notice this effect if you've ever seen someone try the "cinnamon challenge".

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Some cinnamon candies like Red Hots are spicy because they contain cinnamon oil, which has cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. Other candies, like Atomic Fireballs, don’t actually have any cinnamon-derived ingredients, but instead are made spicy with capsaicin.

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