The Science of Spiciness
1. What causes spicy inflammation?
Capsaicin, the spicy compound in chili peppers, naturally sits on top of our pain receptor (TRPV1), tricking the body into perceiving pain.
The immune system reacts by initiating defense mechanisms to expel it swiftly, leading to unpleasant gastrointestinal inflammation symptoms. Physicians refer to this overreaction as an auto-immune response (IBS, IBD, and UC are all auto-immune diseases)
2. How do we prevent spicy "consequences"?
Pain management involves two key approaches:
3. How do we achieve gut-friendly spice using natural ingredients?
Recent research discovered that a naturally occurring fat, known as oleic acid (natural omega 9 fat found in nuts, oils, and eggs) can block the TRPV1 channel.
When the right amount of oleic acid is applied to capsaicin, the resulting pain - indicated by electrical currents that denote pain signals transmission - is reduced by 85%. This suggests that oleic acid inhibits the activation of TRPV1 channels by capsaicin.
4. How can we naturally apply oleic acid?
Oleic acid will naturally microencapsulate capsaicin under certain temperature and pressure conditions. This won't affect the spicy taste, but it will delay the timing of the spice, giving a more natural spicy-high
That's impressive science, but what about the culinary side?
How do you plan to craft a product that's not only tastes the best and aligns with cultural expectations, but is also natural, healthy, and maintains these molecular principles, while factoring in temperature and pressure limits?
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