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February 14, 2022

What is hot sauce?

In the U.S., hot sauce typically refers to any sauce, salsa, or seasoning made primarily from chili peppers, found in the genus Capsicum, combined with other ingredients. 
Chili peppers are native to the Americas and spread across the globe through trade routes, and were further cultivated throughout the world.
We experience the spicy flavor and sensation from chili peppers and hot sauces due to capsaicin. Capsaicin is the active component found in chili peppers (1).

What ingredients are common in hot sauce?

Chili peppers of all varieties are the main ingredient in hot sauces providing their fiery flavor. 
Other common ingredients include vinegar, citrus fruits (lemons, limes, etc.), seasonings (e.g., garlic), salt, and other vegetables and fruits often pickled in the sauce.  

Is hot sauce good for me? What about chili peppers?

Manufacturers make hot sauces from chili peppers. Capsaicin is the key component in hot sauces and chili peppers, so let's look at them separately to understand these ingredients better.  


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