Capsaicin's positive effects are modest. But they are real. All of this is to say, the obsession with chili pepper heat may be a fad. Or a form of masochism. But it may also reflect -- for once -- popular taste and nutrition in a happy alliance.
Consistency is a highly desired and even required attribute in a wide variety of contexts.
From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: If You Are Against Animal Abuse, You Should Also Be Against Vegetable Abuse
As the chef at a restaurant that prides itself in sustainable seafood, artisan meats, and even game, I often find myself questioning the overuse of animal products. Too often, chefs use ingredients like bacon or meat stocks as crutches.
Isn't it fascinating to realize all the work your body is doing while you're doing something as (seemingly) brainless as eating? It's kind of awesome. Food's a complex chemical, and so are you!
Does an ice-cold drink actually taste better than the same beverage at room temperature? Depends on what its taste is: a