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This Is Your Heart on Chocolate

Mayans grew cacao trees in their backyards, blending the beans with vanilla, chili pepper, and achiote to make a bitter, spicy drink known as xocoalt. While Mayans enjoyed consuming the beverage as a treat, they also believed the drink fought fatigue. When Europeans were first introduced to chocolate, they used it to treat upset stomachs. [...]

Dietribes: Pepper Your Conversation

• First things first: Differently colored peppers are not different peppers at all! Typically, they signify various stages of growth and maturity. A green pepper is just a red pepper that hasn’t fully ripened (chili, cayenne and jalapeño peppers are all usually harvested when they are green, but will turn red if left to mature). Because [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Used Childhood Nicknames

Having a rather straightforward name like Stacy means I’m not really subject to a lot of nicknames. Stace is pretty much it, although a select group of friends call me Stac (back in note-writing days, a spelling-challenged friend who meant “Stace” actually wrote “Stac” – I know, it’s a fascinating story). These 10 people presumably [...]

4 Amazing Things Chili Peppers Can Do

By Maggie Koerth-Baker The hottest thing about chili peppers isn’t the way they taste; it’s everything else they can do for you. 1. They Strangle Cancer Human cells aren’t the happy-go-lucky little fellows we’d like to imagine. In fact, our cells commit suicide on a regular basis, via a process called apoptosis. Unlike the messy deaths that [...]