When sadness slows one’s heart, when fear closes one’s eyes, or when love has left a shallow groove in one’s soul, can a good kick in the cojones from a habanero reignite the kiss of life? More specifically, is there any correlation between emotion and Scoville Units?
A: Hello Eric:
Great question. Actually, since capsaicin induces the body to release endorphins, you can achieve an effect similar to a "runner’s high" when you consume particularly hot foods. It might be psychological, but people who call themselves "chileheads" claim to get a feeling of well being when consuming chile for the first time in a while. So yes, there is a correlation between emotion and Scoville Units.