Sometimes, when you really stop and think about it, parts of the world just don’t make sense. Such as why do so many people fancy Harry Styles when his hair looks like he fell asleep and a badger nested in it, and why do people in some of the world’s hottest countries eat spicy, chilli-laced food? Surely they should be all about the ice creams rather than curries, salsas and peppers?
Well, El Camion can reveal that eating spicy food is actually a rather good way of keeping your temperature down. Yep, as the sun makes a more permanent appearance in our lovely London town, there will be call to cool down – and a bit of fiery hot sauce might be just what you need. The reason people from Central and South America lace things with chilli? Well, because it makes you sweat, and so this naturally cools you down more!
Ok, so it’s tempting to grab something cold like iced tea or a lollypop – but beware, as this will cool your internal temperature too rapidly, and your body will end up compensating by raising your temperature. So that Magnum you thought was such a good idea will actually make you more hot and bothered. Alternatively, eating spicy foods works to raise your internal temperature and makes your blood circulation increase, which in turn makes you sweat and, when the moisture has evaporated, you’ve cooled off. Want to know the scientific term? Because naturally there is one. Yep, those beads on your forehead just after you’ve chowed down on a particularly jalapeñ-heavy enchilada is called ‘gustatory facial sweating‘.
So there we go. Now summer is here, if you find yourself a little too clammy for comfort then come and order a taco and then dare yourself to our wall of hot sauce.
Definitely accompany it with a chilled batida though – a heavenly cocktail of cachaça mixed with fruit juice or coconut milk, cane sugar and, ideally, condensed milk to make it creamier, and then blended with ice. Now that’s the best of both worlds…