Chile pepper has the ability to release endorphins, natural painkillers triggered to put out internal “fire.” Endorphins also cause the high of extreme physical exertion. And this floating, energized feeling so powerful in its pleasure that it can cause addiction to spicy cuisine.
The facts on chiles and endorphins
And as a lead up to that rush of endorphins, chile peppers will raise heart rate, replicating those feelings of excitement from building lust. And, according to an article published in Clinical Nutrition, as they make your heart flutter, chiles can also positively impact your energy level.
So powerful is its chest thumping ability, chiles from Anaheim peppers to Thai chiles have actually been administered as an antidote for heart attacks. True, it might take a lot of chile to make the heart thump and the eater to experience an endorphin high. But even a tiny nibble can have an aphrodisiac effect.
A pinch of chile powder can raise body temperature and get you in the mood to tear off your clothes. It also makes lips plump up with kissable softness and desirability. In fact, it is said that all the heat can telegraph the visual cues of a sexual flush. This sexy physical attribute can put a lover’s mind in the mood with as little as one delicious glance.
Exploring the varieties of chiles
Each of the hundreds of chile varieties produce a different level of heat and subtly unique flavor. Chipotles promise a smokiness, from which even the merest whiff is arousing. Habaneros are among the most hot, thereby the most dangerous. The many varieties of Thai chiles also pack a punch of heat.
Here’s one of my favorite tips on getting just the right level of spice: the heat of chile peppers is concentrated in the veins. To decrease heat, remove the veins before cooking the peppers.
The history of chile as an aphrodisiac
Historically, chile peppers were used by multiple cultures not only as an aphrodisiac but as an anesthetic, to promote cardiovascular health and to alleviate chronic pain. In one of my favorite anecdotes, the great ruler Montezuma was said to drink a chocolate drink spiked with chile in order to have the strength to service his harem of women every day.
Of course, you don’t need multiple cups of a spicy chocolate drink to appreciate the effects of this powerful spice. Instead, make something perhaps a little more practical and palatable. Try the Chocolate-Kissed White Bean Chili from my cookbook Romancing the Stove.
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