The current popularity of Nashville hot chicken such as this from Carla Hall reflects Americans39 desire for spicier foods

The current popularity of Nashville hot chicken, such as this from Carla Hall, reflects Americans' desire for spicier foods.

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A January 2015 survey of 1,300 US consumers conducted by Kalsec found that 56 percent of consumers eat spicy foods at least once per week; one out of four are eating spicy foods more often than they did the year prior; and two out of five agree that food tastes better with some level of heat.

Maria Pourteymour, chief cuisine officer of San Diego-based Luna Grill, says that spicy food is definitely having its moment in the spotlight. “Consumers' palates have changed; we

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