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What is the active chemical in chilli?

Capsaicin, a member of the capsaicinoids group of chemicals, is the active ingredient in chilli and Is responsible for the "heat" experienced when eating chilli. Capsaicin (or 8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide) when consumed, bind with your pain receptors in the mouth and throat that are responsible for sensing heat. Once activated by the capsaicinoids, these receptors send a message to the brain that the person has consumed something hot. The brain responds to the burning sensation by raising the heart rate, increasing perspiration and release of endorphins.

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