Us chile lovers all know this, but there is fresh news in chile research. The active ingredient in chiles, capsaicin, may have a future role in replacing some addictive narcotic painkillers. Think back to a time when you bit into a really hot chile: at first it was hot and painful, but then after a while your mouth and tongue went numb. It’s that numbing affect on pain-sensing nerves that researchers are hoping to exploit. It’s hoped that bathing surgically exposed nerves in a high enough dose will numb them for weeks.
Of course, some people might argue with you about the addictive qualities of chiles.