Why do we love chilli?

It’s not just about the flavour – or even the pain. Uncovering the pharmacology and psychology behind humanity’s heat-seeking desire.

The men who volunteered to be poisoned by the Government

In 1902, the US Congress authorized funds for human trials of food preservatives to determine if they would be used safely. Harvey Wiley, Chief of the Bureau of Chemistry called these his “hygienic table studies.” They soon became known popularly as “the Poison Squad.”