The 4 biggest misunderstandings about hot sauce

Since the start of our webshop in 2017 we have gotten a lot of love from the hot sauce community, but we also had a lot of discussions with people who don’t like hot sauce. Often we find out during these discussions that they just don’t understand the concept of hot sauce or the product. Our mission is to let everyone enjoy hot sauce and that’s why we want to clear out the 4 biggest misunderstandings about hot sauce.

At the bottom of this article you will find a video where we discuss the misunderstandings in full, but this is a short (typed) version.

1. Hot sauce messes up/takes over the flavor of my food

This is actually the case with all sauces when you use too much. That is the case with ketchup, mayo and so forth. It’s about using it responsibly and pairing the right hot sauce with your dish. For example: when you want to enjoy some ribs from the bbq, you’ll want to pair that with a nice and smokey hot sauce. This way it won’t take over the flavor of your food but complement it and make it even better.

2. Hot sauce is only hot

In some cases that is true (like Da Bomb Beyond Insanity), but luckily most brands nowadays focus on flavor first and then heat. The result is an unbelievably varied offer with many different peppers and unique ingredients. We even dare to say that hot sauce is the most versatile condiment out there. So definitely not only hot.

3. Hot sauce is dangerous/unhealthy

It is not dangerous and it is most definitely not unhealthy. For example: ketchup contains a lot of sugar, mayo a lot of saturated fats, but hot sauce almost always has no (or very little) sugar and/or saturated fats. Sometimes it is pretty high on the salt levels, but we see brands trying to keep it as low as possible. It makes it one of the most healthy sauces out there and it’s also definitely not dangerous. We do advise people with heart problems to steer clear of the extremely hot sauces though, because it might raise the heartrate if you can’t handle the heat.

4. “I’m just not made for spicy food”

This is the argument we hear most from people who say they don’t like hot sauce. Often they never really tried it, are scared of it or had a bad experience with it. Hot sauce is something you can get used to though. The offering starts with incredibly mild hot sauces which everyone can handle that are perfect to start your hot sauce journey with. From there on out you can start climbing the ladder and go hotter very gently. This way everyone can enjoy hot sauce, and let’s be honest: everyone should be able to enjoy the greatest condiment ever.

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