Capsaicin molecule

Capsaicin molecule

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Caption: Capsaicin, molecular model. This chemical gives chilies their heat and causes a burning sensation when ingested. It is a secondary metabolite of the chili plant (Capsicum sp.) and probably evolved to deter herbivores. Atoms are represented as spheres and are colour-coded: carbon (grey), hydrogen (white), oxygen (red) and nitrogen (blue).

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