Scientists in Brazil are working to reconnect tomatoes with their chili pepper relatives (they separated some 19 million years ago, but maintain much of the same DNA) in order to create a super-healthy, spicy fruit. Rather than a food fad, this research and experimentation is occurring in order to have people eat more capsaicinoids, “the molecules that give red peppers their spicy pizzazz, for their health benefits.” Many capsaicinoids can reduce insulin spikes and inflammation, increase metabolism and even suppress certain cancerous tumors. Not just a tasty food, these spicy tomatoes could be genuinely beneficial. Read more at Quartz.
Extra-Healthy, Gene-Edited Spicy Tomatoes Are Coming