Fire on your tongue and a tear in your eye: there’s no doubt about it, hot sauce makes you feel alive. That’s why you load it onto everything, mix it into your rice, smother your burrito, lather up your quesadilla, drink it straight out of the container. Once you get a taste of that burning hot tingle, you’re hooked.

But no worries—addiction to the burning inferno is probably the best kind of habit you can form. Chili peppers are a magical fruit (that’s right, we said fruit) that bestows upon its bravest consumers a myriad of health benefits that scientists go on and on about.

We’re talking capsaicin (the stuff that makes a pepper set the top of your head on fire), which has all kinds of anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It even lowers cholesterol. That burning you feel? That means that sucker is working to heal all kinds of ills. In response to the ouch, your body sends out a whole mess of endorphins that make everything in the world feel even better than Goldilocks when she found the right bed.

But that’s not all. Those red chilies that you love so much even bring on the vitamins you need. We’re talking mega amounts of Vitamin C and boatloads of vitamin A. A whole mine full of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. A whole bottle full of vitamins like niacin, B-6, riboflavin and thiamin.

But none of that matters, does it. Health isn’t important, your cholesterol doesn’t matter, your vitamin levels are moot. Because when you slather on the made-from-scratch hot sauce distilled from the finest of fresh chiles, you’re not thinking anything but oh yeah. That hits the spot as your entire body bursts into delicious, delicious flame.