This week research tells us to pour ourselves a glass of wine and stop trying to impress everyone by eating ridiculously hot food – seriously, the act is up.

A burger joint in Iowa claims to have the hottest burger in the world – and it’s on fire, literally. Check out the Hellfire Burger, a ghost pepper and chili pepper extract infused patty that is affectionately topped with an eye watering cocktail of seeded habanero, jalapeño and serrano peppers, and finished off with a splash of grain alcohol before it is set on fire.

The brave souls who order the Hellfire Burger must be 18 years of age, sign a waiver that lists death as a potential reaction to the burger, while wearing gloves and eye protection during their chow down. Loren Gingerich, the owner of Xtreme Smokehouse and Grill, is in the process of tracking down a gasmask so his senses are protected while cooking up the culinary creation.

Fox News reporter Lauren Blanchard made it through an impressive two bites before flapping her hands around and chugging milk.

Check out her video interview here.

Would you try a burger claiming to be the hottest in the world?  

Some like it hot

"It is possible that the cultural association of consuming spicy foods with strength and machismo has created a learned social reward for men." – Journal of Food Quality and Preference. Aka, science.

Speaking of hot, we all know someone who doesn’t seem to be satisfied with the spiciness of their meal unless it’s almost inedible. But why?

Is it the burning feeling? The flavor? The sweating it causes?

According to researchers from Penn State, it all boils down to personality. Otherwise, if you’re a thrill seeker, you’re probably going to enjoy a little heat.

“One study found that people who were most inclined to enjoy action movies, adventure-seeking and exploration were about six times more likely to enjoy the burn of a spicy meal,” says Allison Aubrey with NPR.

A second study in the Journal of Food Quality and Science determined women who sought spicy foods were actually drawn the burning side effects, while men did it more as a badge of the masculinity.

Read the NPR recap of the two studies here.

Winos rejoice

If the love affair for spicy food has you hot and bothered, maybe it is time pour a glass of wine.

Friends to the north and researchers at the University of Alberta, have found that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, yields similar benefits to those of exercise.

Now before you burn up your gym shoes and pop a bottle of Merlot, drinking wine is not going to make you run faster and jump higher (that would be PF Flyers), this study was conducted on rats – not humans. However, the results leave researchers optimistic after resveratrol was proved to heighten heart functions, muscle strength and physical performance.

"I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable," researcher Jason Dyck says in an article with My Daily. "Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do."

Past research has also linked a daily glass of wine to lower cancer and dementia rates, while being heart healthy. So enjoy a glass of vino tonight – for your health.

Read the research report by My Daily here.

Holy cow

If you’re needing a reason to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, check out trending news in India.

Almost 19 years in the making, Maharashtra’s Assembly, the largest populated state in India, passed the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill, restricting cattle slaughter in the western region of the country. The Bill, which was first introduced in 1995, and recently became law after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his approval.

While the slaughter of cows had been banned during the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976, the new law prohibits killing of bulls and bullocks, along with making the possession of beef illegal – with ramifications ranging from up to five years in prison and fines of Rs 10,000 ($161.75).

India, which is reported to be have a population of 1.2 billion people, with 80 percent of them being Hindu, is fighting their growing beef market. In the Hinduism religion, cows are considered sacred and not to be killed.

Read the full story here.

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