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Denmark bans noodles for being too hot – what you need to know about chilli heat

By Mark Lorch, Professor of Science Communication and Chemistry, University of Hull
Chilli peppers – love them or hate them, they’ve got a heat that’s hard to ignore. Recently, their fiery nature has even caused a bit of a stir in Denmark, where Buldak Ramen noodles have been banned for being dangerously spicy. So, what’s behind the burning sensation we experience when we bite into a chilli pepper, and why do some people seek out the masochism of a super hot curry or Korean instant noodles?

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