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There are two kinds of people in this world: 

  • Those who absolutely love hot sauce in a “can’t do without this stuff” way
  • Those who don’t in a “why would I do that to myself?” kind of way.

Whichever side you’re on, you’ve got questions.

You know… those questions you’re thinking about but don’t really know the answer to? 

Well, we got you. 

In this article, we answer 10 questions you’d want to know about hot sauce.

1. Can hot sauce kill you?

In theory, yes. If you eat too much hot sauce then yes… you could die from too much hot sauce.

The big question is: what exactly is “too much”?

It depends… on the form of pepper you’re consuming in proportion to your size.

For instance, research calculated that 3 pounds of powdered chili eaten all at once could kill someone that weighs about 150 pounds. 

But, here’s the thing: before you reach that point where the hot sauce is doing enough damage to your body, your body will tell you. You’ll experience sweating, shaking, vomiting all before you can get to that point.

In other words, hot sauce can’t kill you. You can’t take it in enough quantities to actually do you in.

So, hot sauce lovers, you’re absolutely safe.

And hot sauce non-lovers, those on the other side of the spectrum aren’t trying to kill themselves, no matter how much it seems that way. 


2. Are hot sauces keto-friendly?

When you’re on a keto diet, one thing is important: Managing your carb intake and keep it under 50g/day.

On average, a 100g bottle of hot sauce contains 1.8g of Carbs; a tablespoon – 0.1g of carbs.

So yes, hot sauce is keto-friendly. What you should be more concerned about is how many calories the food you’re putting the hot sauce on has!


3. Can hot sauce cause ulcers?

No. If you’ve already got an ulcer and consume too much hot sauce, it can aggravate your symptoms but it doesn’t actually cause ulcers. In fact, according to the CDC, most ulcers are actually caused by bacteria. 


4. How long do hot sauces last?

We’ve got good news for you. Hot sauce typically has a pretty long shelf life. This is mostly due to the ingredients that are used to make the hot sauce: vinegar & peppers.

An unopened bottle of hot sauce can last for years and years.

An open bottle can last for up to 5 years if it’s kept refrigerated.

That same bottle can last up to 6 months if it’s kept at room temperature.


5. What are some benefits of Hot Sauce?

Hot sauce has a lot of health benefits, some of which are:

  • Contains vitamins and antioxidants
  • Clears congestion
  • Improves digestion
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Helps you eat less

And some more. You can check some more hot sauce benefits here.


6. Are hot sauce and buffalo sauce the same?

This is one that gets asked all the time but the simple answer is No. Hot sauce and Buffalo sauce are not the same thing.

Buffalo sauce is hot sauce plus whisked melted butter. So it’s thicker and not as “hot and spicy” as hot sauce.


7. Can I freeze hot sauce?

Technically, yes.  If you make a batch of hot sauce and want to keep it, it can be kept frozen for up to 2 weeks. 

However, if you buy hot sauce, there’s really no need to freeze it. It can stay in the refrigerator for up to 5 years with no problems and out at room temperature for up to 6 months.


8. Can I eat hot sauce while pregnant?

Research shows that hot sauce is perfectly safe to eat when you’re pregnant. You can’t actually hurt your baby by eating spicy food. 

However, it IS hot sauce and you might have some discomfort from eating spicy food. But, everyone is different so listen to what your body tells you. 


9. What hot sauce is the best?

Ok… so maybe we’re just a little bit biased but Alvin’s hot sauce is one of the best hot sauces you will ever taste.

  • Super Spicy  ✅ 
  • Unique Flavor ✅ 
  • Delicious ✅ 

And we’ve got the reviews to prove it. 




10. Will hot sauce stains come out?

Yes. All you need is a clean cloth, some water, and white vinegar. 

And that’s it. The top 10 questions about hot sauce were answered. 

Do you have burning questions about hot sauce, not the list?

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