Thursday, January 28, 2010

Red Hot III

Red Hot III will be the last red pepper painting in this series for a while...

During my research about capsaicin ( the 'hot' compound found only in peppers) I discovered that by producing the burning capsaicin the pepper plant prevents animals (except humans), from eating its fruits.  Birds don't feel the burning sensation of capsaicin so they eat the fruits and are responsible for the spreading of seeds (the chili seeds survive the digestion process).

Drinking water to quell the heat caused by too much capsaicin in your meal is ineffective, since capsaicin is not water-soluble.  The most effective antidotes are those containing fat and/or sugar. Capsaicin is fat-soluble, and sugar will block the receptors that are reacting with it, so go for cheese, milk, yogourt or ice cream instead of water or beer.  The capsaicin will bond with the fat in the food, ending your pain.

Isn't is it nice to know that something besides our hips can bond with the fat in our food...

10x10 on canvas (the fat in the oil paint has taken care of any capsaicin in this pepper painting...)

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