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Health benefits of Capsaicin:
Capsaicin is a naturally occurring plant chemical (phytochemical) that gives chillies their heat and may also have significant health benefits along with the addictive 'heat' element central to many world cuisines.

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What is capsaicin?

Capsaicin covers a group of compounds called capsaicinoids: capsaicin, dihydrocapsaicin, nordihydrocapsaicin, homodihydrocapsaicin and homocapsaicin, the most powerful of which is capsaicin.

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There is considerable interest in capsaicin and the health benefits it may afford from interrupting the cycle of cancer to helping with appetite and obesity. Most of this research in in vitro (test tube) and we are in the process of examining the evidence.

Classification of chillies

We have classified the amount of capsaicin in chillies based on the their rating on the Scoville scale1.

The Scoville scale

The Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chilli peppers—such as the jalapeño, the bhut jolokia or ghost chilli, and the world's current hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper—or other spicy foods as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU)2.
Review date: 1/12/2024
Next review date: 1/10/2025
Capsaicin nutritional information

Top 6 ingredients for Capsaicin taking into account portion size and cooking retention factors

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Carolina Reaper chilli nutritional information

Carolina Reaper chilli

2500µg = No RDA/RI available
Trinidad Scorpion chilli nutritional information

Trinidad Scorpion chilli

1940µg = No RDA/RI available
Naga Viper chilli nutritional information

Naga Viper chilli

1840µg = No RDA/RI available
Scotch bonnet chilli nutritional information

Scotch bonnet chilli

1400µg = No RDA/RI available
Ghost chilli - Bhut Jolokia nutritional information

Ghost chilli - Bhut Jolokia

1380µg = No RDA/RI available
Red habanero chilli nutritional information

Red habanero chilli

620µg = No RDA/RI available