Eating Chilling Pepper!

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The delicious burn of a really good curry or salsa or Sichuanese hot pot – that fiery goodness that makes you sweat and flush – is for many people one of life’s great pleasures. The search for the most profound scorch is a hobby of sorts, perhaps even an obsession.

And hot-hunters are safe in the knowledge that although capsaicin, the spicy molecule in hot peppers, is activating receptors in pain neurons in their mouths, it’s not really causing any damage.

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World Health Organisation and “sugar tax” on soft drinks!

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added its support to countries which place a “sugar tax” on soft drinks. A new report from the body found that raising prices by 20% or more results in lower consumption and “improved nutrition”.

This is according to the BBC, which noted that the global health group has previously advised a lower sugar intake, but stopped short of backing tax measures. Several countries, including Mexico and Hungary, already tax added sugar products.

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Sweet potato Vitamin A research wins World Food Prize!

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Four scientists have been reportedly  awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for enriching sweet potatoes, which resulted in health benefits for millions of people. They won the prize for “the single most example of biofortification”, resulting in Vitamin A-boosted crops.

This is according to the BBC which noted that since 1986, the World Food Prize aims to recognise efforts to increase the quality and quantity of available food.

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