31 March 2018

If You Pass On Hot Sauce, You Pass On Gainz

This is the majority of my hot sauce collection at present, save for what I have in the fridge. Before you ask, I've not yet opened Shit Your Bed or Jason's Own.

I've covered the topic in passing in the past, but I still don't believe that my appreciation for, and subsequent belief that you should share that love for, pungent foods.  I realize that most of you think pungent is a worst reserved for shit that stinks, but according to the dictionary and science, pungent refers to anything you would traditionally think of as "spicy."  That includes chili peppers, ginger, horseradish, mustard seeds, wasabi, black pepper, Indian long pepper, szechwan pepper, and a variety of other delicious shit, and in addition to making your food delicious, pungent foods have a crazy array of health benefits ranging from improving the effectiveness of other chemicals you ingest to increased metabolism to the wholesale Vlad the Impaler-style slaughter of cancer, and they serve to separate the pussies from everyone else, because if you can't handle spiciness, you probably can't handle anything cool.  The same type of people who think Eddie Murphy Raw is "too vulgar" and vastly prefer the comedic stylings of Jeff Dunham and other sundry clean comedians, people who prefer Michael Bolton to Cannibal Corpse, the people who willingly buy a beige Toyota Camry... those are the people who prefer their food bland and avoid pungent foods.  In short, pussies and generally terrible, fat fucking people with low IQs and low testosterone (Begue).

Pretty spot on in my house.

I suppose their one claim to preeminence is that their assholes aren't constantly being seared shut when they shit.  Balderdash, say I!  The asshole-scorching goodness that comes with a pungent meal lets you know that your b-hole won't be too hairy if someone decides to toss your salad and that any unhealthy bacteria is going to be murdered all to death.  So in an effort to spread the toilet-searing pungency love, we're gonna cover all the ways you can get the job done, and exactly why it would behoove you to do so.

And by the way:
"'Although you feel like it’s burning [when you eat spicy foods], it’s actually a trick of the mind,' he says, adding that spicy foods do not cause any physical harm to a well-functioning digestive system. [Emphasis mine]
The chef explains that fiery food tastes hot because chemical molecules, such as capsaicin, excite pain receptors on your tongue that are linked to the sensation of temperature, not because it’s burning off your tastebuds. 'It’s more of a sensation of heat than something physical. Interestingly, spearmint actually hits on the same receptor, creating a sense of cold.' 
Chef Phillips says spicy food lovers aren’t born with an affinity for hot sauce. Rather, it’s acquired over time, as capsaicin and other spicy food molecules deplete a neurotransmitter called substance P, which is responsible for sending pain signals to the brain" (Sweet).
So there's no need to worry that you're going to fuck yourself up by kicking up the pungency level of your food a few notches- i.e. don't be a pussy about this and just do it.

Burns So Good In So Many Ways
I will do my best to be as comprehensive as possible here, but I am certain  there is no way I will manage to hit all of the ways you can light your taste buds up like you were napalming a village of people in some far-away jungle who are sitting around listening to music that sounds like whales raping each other while completely unaware of the existence of the United States.  Yeah, your ass is gonna burn in ways you didn't think were possible outside of an anal-only gangbang, because as it turns out there is a hell of a lot more pungent shit out there than just Sriracha and black pepper.  Let's take a look at what's out there.

The Mustard Family
Love 'em or hate 'em, there are a lot of members of this family of plants that will blow your sinuses open like you filled a Netti Pot with Greek Fire.  This family contains a wide range of plants, but the ones with which we are concerned contains allyl isothiocyanate (AITC).  Found in your favorite nasal-scorching condiments like wasabi, horseradish, brown and black mustard (but not white/yellow mustard, which contains sinalbin rather than AITC), and radish.  This shit, unlike the capsaicin in chilies or the active ingredients in peppercorns, hits you in the sinuses rather than the mouth.  We've all been there- a mouthful of wasabi or Chinese yellow mustard has your eyes tearing up like you just got whacked in the nose with a bit of rebar in a street fight, and any sinus congestion you may have had instantly dissipates.  The health benefits of mustard oil go way beyond making Flonase look like dirty bathwater though.  Check it out:

  • it makes Advil it's punk bitch, because its anti-inflammatory properties are fucking insane (Wagner)
  • the precursor to AITC, sinigrin, is also found in all of these veggies and may be an extremely potent nootropic (though the only evidence I could find of this is that it makes you much less retarded when whacked off your face on ketamine) (Yadav)
  • clears up colds and the flu in a fucking hurry, and might even cure your athlete's foot- this shit will slaughter anything in your body that's not supposed to be there (including listeria, E. coli, and staph) due to it's insanely strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties (Chacon)
  • makes you less of a fatass, because it drastically improves insulin sensitivity (Ahn)

Black Pepper (which also includes white and green)
We've all used it.  We all know what it tastes like.  What you might not have known is that all of the colors of peppercorns are all the same basic thing- the black peppercorn is a green (ripe) peppercorn that's been dried, while the green peppercorn that is canned or otherwise preserved to retain its color, and the white peppercorn is just the seed of the pepper plant with the black bit removed.  They all have slightly different flavors, but the thing that makes them awesome remains the same- piperine.
Piperine doesn't do much on its own, but it is a badass companion to other shit you might ingest.  Its main claim to fame is its ability to drastically increase the bioavailability of just about everything, and increase the length of time compounds remain active in your system (Han, Shoba).  Yeah, bro- that means adding it to your food all day long makes almost everything you take that day hit harder, from your fat burner to your test booster to your joint supplement (this shit increases the effectiveness of curcumin by 2000%).  It also increases digestion, has antimicrobial properties, and improves mental function, so grab that pepper shaker and make it fucking rain (Organic Facts).

Surprise- you can actually eat ginger.  I thought it was just for figging.

Ginger (and Grains of Paradise)
If you're like me and thought ginger was just reserved for shitty cookies and figging, you and I would both be wildly incorrect.  Outside of those two things, I only really respected the spiciness of ginger after trying some ginger ale in South Carolina that will peel your fucking wig back- Blenheim Ginger Ale.  I took one swig of that and thought I'd been poisoned.  Seriously, Everclear goes down like water compared to Blenheim.  If fire and gonorrhea fucked and had a baby in the form of a soda, that soda would be what you drank to chase Blenheim in the hopes it would wash away the pain.  That pain was caused by the volatile oils gingerol and paradol found in ginger.  Gingerol is fucking badass, because not only can you use it in BDSM to fire up someone's holes, it:

  • fucks up inflammation so hard that it can drastically reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (Funk).  The sore elbows you get from heavy benching can be a thing of the past if you chow down on ginger on the regular.  Seriously- gingerol was shown in clinical trials to be as effective as ibuprofin in reducing menstrual cramps, and actually improves digestive health rather than burning a hole in your guts (Ozgoli).
  • keeps you from being a diabetes-ridden fatass with cellulite on your face and sadness in your heart- it lowers bodyfat, blood sugar, free fatty acids, LDL cholesterol, and all of the other horrible shit that comes with being a disgusting pile of blubber (Naami)
  • raises testosterone levels and increases testicular size.  Yep- you will likely get more swole and rock a better hardon by including a fuckton of ginger in your diet (Kamtchouing).
Paradol, which is the active ingredient in Grains of Paradise and is also found in ginger, is aromatic ketone that brings the fucking ruckus as well.  Because I'm sure you guys are unaware of Grains of Paradise's existence (I recently discovered it because my girlfriend has it in a pepper shaker and wondered what in the fuck I'd seasoned my ribs with), it's often confused with black pepper and to me tastes like a milder black pepper.  Frankly, it is worth adding to fucking everything in addition to black pepper, because it:
  • increases total body energy expenditure dramatically... meaning it will make you fat less fat just by adding it to your food (Sugita)
  • may raise testosterone levels in humans (because it sure fucking seems to in rats) (Akpanabiatu)
  • balances blood sugar so well it's used as a cure (not a treatment for it, a goddamned cure) for diabetes in Africa (Ezuruike) 

Long Pepper
Never heard of it?  I hadn't either until an episode of one of my two favorite podcasts (Milk Street Radio) encouraged me to get out there and investigate the great wide world of peppers out there.  Long pepper is actually spicier than black pepper and was the preferred pepper of Europe until the fourteenth century.  After that, it was replaced by chilies coming from the New World because it has a similar flavor and pungency to chilies.  The shit that brings the heat in the long pepper is piperlonguime (PPL), and it's a fucking beast. It:

  • improves brain health like a motherfucker (Prasad)
  • is the Robin to other stuff's Batman.  Like piperine, it enhances the bioavailablity of various pharmaceuticals and supplements (Patel)
  • fights inflammation like a firefighter fighting a last stand in a forest fire (Prasad)
  • makes you forget there is even such a thing as prostate cancer, because it effectively kills it at the start (Golovine)
  • jacks up your fat metabolism to keep you lean and mean (Prasad) 

Chili Peppers
They are the bane of the existence of every lame person on the planet, and they are the thing that unites interesting and useful people- the chili pepper.  Long the primary seasoning component in the Americas, these amazing flavor bombs have become a staple food in every corner of the world.  Chili peppers are amazing because of the shit that makes them burn going in and coming back out- capsaicin.  Capsaicin's chief benefit is that it separates you from the people who ought to be rounded up and sent to work camps where they're only allowed to wear grey and listen to John Mayer while they work themselves into dessicated husks (but they'd die happy knowing they're safe from ever having to eat delicious food or have an interesting conversation or good sex). Adding capsaicin the form of hot sauce or peppers does wonders for your body, as it:

  • increases your metabolism to counterbalance a caloric deficit.  in other words, when your metabolism would otherwise slow to a stop because you're eating like a 1980s era bodybuilder and training yourself half to death, capsaicin ramps your metabolism back up to ensure your fat holocaust continues unabated (Janssens).
  • may increase aerobic performance (Oh)
  • and is a kickass cure-all remedy for just about any goddamned ailment you might have- fuck Eddy Murphy's dad's remedy of using "the Tussin" for everything.  When in doubt, add hot sauce, because capsaicin improves mood, reduces pain, reduces inflammation, reduces itching, and has cancer-fighting properties (Carollo).

I literally googled "fistful of cayenne" and google came back with Cayenne Klein getting fisted.  I love Google's algorithms- they know me so well.

There are a ton of other peppers and pungent plants out there worth incorporating in your food, because they're all seriously good for you.  Here's an incomplete list for you to investigate at your leisure, but you'll find all of them have have some mixture of anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, fat destroying, and generally health improving benefits (feel free to clue us into shit you like in the comments or just hate on the whole article because you're a whiny bitch who hates delicious food): 

  • Grains of Selim (tastes a lot like grains of paradise)
  • Tasmanian Pepper (which is sweet and then hot, then leaves numbness like Sichuan Pepper)
  • Cubeb Pepper (like a cross between allspice and black pepper)
  • West African Pepper (tastes like cubeb)
  • Szechwan Pepper (hot as shit, smells like literal heaven, and makes your mouth numb)
  • Pink Peppercorn (mild and black pepper-like, though related to the cashew)
  • Brazilian Peppercorn (pepper-like, and like the pink peppercorn can cause allergic reactions)

According to Reddit, this entire article is a hate crime.  And I refuse to google "xd"- I just despise every person who uses it and live in the knowledge that whatever it means, it's the sole purview of people whom I loathe.

So the takeaway is that if you're not making your food as pungent as possible, you're a stupid fuck and a pussy, and you have no one to blame for your fatness, athlete's foot, low T, and stupidity but yourself.  Only bland people like bland food.  Don't be bland, and for fuck's sake don't be fat. 

Pungency is Power. 

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Golovine KV, Makhov PB, Teper E, Kutikov A, Canter D, Uzzo RG, Kolenko VM.  Piperlongumine induces rapid depletion of the androgen receptor in human prostate cancer cells.  Prostate. 2013 Jan;73(1):23-30. doi: 10.1002/pros.22535. Epub 2012 May 16.

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  1. I am a sucker for the supplements, foods etc that boost performance even if ever so slightly.
    I prefer to buy single ingredients but ready made blends are OK.

    Present stash

    Eria Jarensis
    Vit d and calcium
    Fish oil
    Alpha gcp
    whey protein
    mixwd blend protein (soya casein whey)
    Citrulline malate
    Beta alanine
    Garcinia cambogia
    TT-33 fatburner

    Different combos every day.

    The main advantage I see in all this stuff is that you can get in a fantastic session fasted. Some stims 30 mins before, bcaa ten minutes before and the training session is both a furious strength generator and also a huge fat burner.

    I swear by it.

    The only issue apart from money is taking breaks. What I usually do every few weeks is what I call the Duane Hansen deload.

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
    Squat - 135/2 reps x 10 sets
    Bench - 135/2 x 10
    Deadlift - 225/1 x 10
    Press - 135/1 x 10

    That week will be done on nothing more than green tea pre workout.

    Cardio - one or two little jogs and. less frequently, sprints a day, maybe a mile at a time. This is ideal if you have a dog...
    If you don't have a dog, then you need to remedy that.

    1. So you buy forty things where you could buy 4. Interesting. Also strangely unrelated to the topic, haha. If you feel like paring that list down, you could just use your weird soy blend, Cannibal Genius, Cannibal Ferox, and Cannibal Carna and you'd have your list pretty well covered. If you feel like trying that out, hit me up on FB and I'll get you a coupon code.

    2. Thanks my good buddy.
      It sounds a bit convoluted but I get most of the stuff on ebay and it lasts for ages. I have a kilo jar of caffeine that I may have had for ten years, At 200mg per serving that is what, 5000 servings? It still works.
      Pre created blends are convenient, save a lot of hassle. But a bunch of single ingredients can be got cheap over time. I am a miserly little accountant Marxist tight fisted bean counter. I am the sort that finds pleasure in the hard way. After thirty plus years lifting weights I love it more than ever. A day without training is like a day without heroin (just guessing there for dramatic effect).
      I can see the beauty in many sorts of physical adventures, I have bounced between powerlifting, kbell specialisation, bodybuilding, martial arts, 5k running, it is all good as long as I can test my limits.
      Yeah, tending to get off topic but fuck it, its all friendly fun. Apart from the Marxism...

    3. Old habits die hard, I'm sure. I have to admit I was happy when protein got cheap, because buying a 5 gallon paint bucket of unflavored whey and adding flavoring to it got old within a year, haha.

      Why'd you name your deload after an artist?

    4. Duane https://startingstrength.com/resources/forum/training/19999-gospel-according-duane-2.html

  2. So if i cut a full ginger into small pieces and force chug it all once a week i will become superhuman?

    1. I don't know if that's entirely accurate, but I would be surprised if you didn't notice a difference in performance and your overall feelings of well-being.

    2. ginger seals up the back door, so eat it the same time as the chillies

    3. After trying this, it does seem to be quite the antidepressant, but without the annoying side effects.

  3. Smoked paprika is great as well. Just make sure to get the hot variety, not the mild one.

    1. I've never had a paprika worth a shit. Capsicum is the active compound in paprika though.

  4. What are your thoughts on steeping ginger to make tea versus just eating it straight/

    1. What about rubbing it on the head of your chap before penetration?

    2. Should have the same effect, and Sally's method might be absorbed more readily, hahaha.

  5. Again, a bit relevant... not expecting anyone to share their multiple experiences of this one, but coca leaf when chewed is very nice. Not hard to get if you look for it. Shipped globally from USA. Not sure how it is allowed, but seems to get around in the form of teas and flour.

    1. That is useful information- I was under the impression that coca leaves were basically restricted to South America.

    2. Some shenanigans going on here. But this link should bring you to a site that ships globally from Boston Massachussets (or however you spell it) scroll down, there is a little map. However that site is expensive as F.
      Look at this one on ebay. Shipped from UK (don't buy if out of uk)
      Much cheaper.
      Sometimes you see it sold on amazon. Usually under the label of "Inka tea" or Inka flour. Its the real deal.
      I personally would not buy from Peru or Bolivia, but it is the same stuff, same company.
      I am unsure what is happening here. I think that if EBAY offers a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE then it would be pretty hard to be prosecuted.
      Look at this one, I have purchased this before in UK, it was quite a bit cheaper when I got it. It is the real deal.
      I know what I am talking about, none of this is fake.

    3. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andes-Flour-250-grs-250grs/dp/B079LSQRH9/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1522935470&sr=8-2&keywords=inka+tea

  6. Early 30s, lifts >2/3/4/5, been into "spice alchemy" for about 10 years, hosing my food down heavily with everything on Jamie's list and then some.

    I mix up a big spice blend in a tupperware container to last several days to a week based on whatever I want at random (recipes are for nerds), usually it's heavily slanted towards hot peppers, turmeric and ginger.

    At my annual physical the doc said I was damned near superhuman and whatever I am doing I should keep it up.

    1. Jesus this sounds nice. So where did you get started on reading this shit and what spices do you think mix well?

    2. Yeah, I second that- fill us in on this magical blend... and I love the term "spice alchemy."

  7. When I lived in Mexico it seemed to be a badge of honour to eat volcano level chilli and make nothing of it. I note that with a little practice it gets easier. Those Mexicans eat well, (except the many too poor). I loved the cooking in the Yucatan.
    Buying CnP supps - sadly here in the UK we get screwed sideways for buying anything from the US. Huge postage costs and then a little letter demanding customs charges before you claim your package. CnP supps actually sold in the UK are generally marked up to a ridiculous level and frankly not really worth the cost considering you can find DMAA products if you know what you are doing, or, like me, you concoct your own. Now and again there is a sale on CnP products on some UK sites and I recognise they are good quality.
    If anyone knows of an economical way to get CnP supps in UK, lemme know.

  8. Yet another tangent - the OP was about the hot stuff, but Garlic and Honey deserve a mention.

  9. A drink while fasting...water, squeeze a lime, teaspoon sea salt, apple cider vinegar, teaspoon cream of Tartar. All about minerals and absorption.
    Maybe Jamie could consider doing a fasting article. I think it is a real useful tool in the box, but got to be properly applied. there are lots of benefits for different fasts, but use it too much and it is negative.
    Now the sun is coming out and some of us like to show off an ab or two, fasting in its various guises might just be what you are looking for.
    Perhaps a new article on the many supplements out there is overdue. I just got into teacrine, so there is always something to be said on that front.

  10. More ramblings, cos I care about you all, like your heavenly father...
    Apple cider vinegar is the dog's bollocks. After every meal a couple of teaspoons.
    Turmeric is the dog's bollocks.
    Kale - so horrible it has to be the dog's bollocks - I mean what is good for you that you like? Get a load of it in your blender/bullet and suck it up like the evil sinner you are crawling back to the light.
    Nootropics of all stripe - try them all to see if any blow your mind. I recently discovered nasal noopept gave me a real good perspective where as orally, not so much.

    This is the dog's bollocks and you will see salvation.
    Depending on your ab situation you are going to be eating one meal a day 6 days a week or as low as three times per week. The only thing you will think about on those OMAD days is protein, and the best bet is powder. Also get some greens in. Then eat a plate of food after training, likely less than 2000 calories for the day. YOU ARE A FAT SINNER, SUCK IT UP. That night as you lay in bed suffering hunger, you will see the bright road to salvation.
    On the other day/s you will simply eat all you want, anything you want morning till night with no regard for anything bar your pathetic human desires. Extremity is excellence.

    Remember if you are an undeserving fat piece of shit you are going to do 6 days straight of one meal a day. Otherwise, you judge yourself.

    During your fasting periods - green tea, black coffee, chamomile tea before bed. A mineral drink - teaspoon sea salt, half a teaspoon of cream of Tartar (basically potassium, find it in the baking section) tablespoon of lime juice, tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, tastes better than it sounds, but you are atoning your sinful ways, get it down.

    DO NOT TALK ABOUT THIS. No one cares, no one understands. This is between you and your LORD.

  11. Regarding ginger: Does it need to be consumed in the raw to get all of the benefits or does it retain similar benefits in the ground version?
    Bought a shaker of ground ginger and have been liberally applying it in everything I eat. I've found (not surprisingly) a staggering amount of conflicting info from the google.