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Unmasking Black Pepper's Secrets As A Fat Fighter
2012-05-02 10:53:31

A new study provides a long-sought explanation for the beneficial fat-fighting effects of black pepper.

2011-12-21 11:38:25

Biologists have learned in recent years that wild chilies develop their trademark pungency, or heat, as a defense against a fungus that could destroy their seeds.

Addressing Pain And Disease On The Fly
2011-12-07 09:29:43

Studies of a protein that fruit flies use to sense heat and chemicals may someday provide solutions to human pain and the control of disease-spreading mosquitoes.

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2010-09-29 09:25:00

Fizzy beverages light up same pain sensors as mustard and horseradish, a new study shows -- so why do we drink them?

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2010-08-04 12:30:00

For those with high blood pressure, chili peppers might be just what the doctor ordered.

2008-07-06 15:00:18

By MARY-LIZ SHAW ON THE SHELVES The Spice Bible. By Jane Lawson. Stewart, Tabori & Chang. $29.95. An impressive volume detailing how spices enhance and transform the foods we eat.

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2008-05-20 12:52:22

You can now not only feel the spicy kick of a jalapeno pepper, you can also see it in full 3D, thanks to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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2005-08-17 07:24:36

The way in which garlic inflicts gastric pain may also be the way it confers cardiovascular benefits, a new study suggests.

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2005-08-15 18:52:15

People tend to love garlic or hate it, but few probably associate it with pain. Nonetheless, it turns out that pain-sensing nerves respond to the sulfur-based chemicals in garlic.


Word of the Day
saggar
  • A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.
The word 'saggar' may come from 'safeguard'.
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