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The Surprising Health Benefits of Hot Sauce

The Surprising Health Benefits of Hot Sauce

Our hot sauce isn't for the faint of heart. We're talking fermented Hawaiian chili peppers, ghost peppers, and occasionally scorpion peppers here. We have created all of the recipes in house, and have spent years perfecting them. We source our fresh peppers locally, with the majority of the peppers grown right here on Kauaʻi.

Our hot sauces can range from relatively mild to super spicy while showcasing local flavors like mango, pineapple, lilikoi (passion fruit), kiawe wood, Hawaiian sea salt, and Kauaʻi kombucha vinegar. Each unique sauce flavor is carefully designed to highlight the spices used without compromising the special ingredients of the batch. 

At Kauai Juice Co. we strongly believe that hot sauce is a wonderful addition to any meal, from avocado toast in the morning to pizza at lunch, soups, or stir-fry for dinner (anyone else carry your favorite hot sauce with you wherever you go?). Not only does it add that perfect bite to your favorite dishes — but it also provides a wide range of health benefits. So whether you’re a newbie or a hot sauce aficionado, you might want to turn up the heat and indulge in this magical condiment whenever possible! 

Here’s a list of all the reasons having a hot sauce obsession is good for you. 

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Boosts Metabolism & Promotes Weight Loss

The healing properties of hot peppers are plentiful thanks to the active ingredient, capsaicin, which is responsible for the pungent taste and heat we feel while eating them. One amazing benefit of capsaicin is that it can increase your metabolic rate, which helps you burn calories more efficiently (and effortlessly!). Adding hot sauce to any dish can actually boost your metabolism for several hours after your meal. To make things even better, it’s also an extremely low-calorie way to spice up any dish compared to heavier sauce choices like BBQ, ketchup, aioli, or anything mayo-based, so feel free to drizzle away.

Vitamins & Minerals

Chili peppers (including the Hawaiian chili peppers, ghost peppers, and habaneros that we use in our sauces) come with concentrated doses of essential antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins including vitamins A, C, B6, K, folate, magnesium, and potassium. Vitamin C, as you may know, can help boost your immune system helping to prevent colds, the flu, and other chronic diseases. 

Capsaicin also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. The antioxidants in chili peppers can help to lower blood pressure and inflammation. They also have anti-aging properties by maintaining collagen. Consuming hot sauce that contains capsaicin can also increase iron absorption, help normalize insulin levels (which can help prevent and manage diabetes) and it’s also a great decongestant!

Fermented Foods are Great for Digestion 

All of our Kauai Juice Co. hot sauces contain fermented peppers. Historically, fermentation techniques have been used as a way to preserve food and drinks long before refrigerators were a thing. During fermentation, live bacteria break down food components like sugar, making it easier for you to digest and absorb all the nutrients. 
Fermented foods are also rich in probiotic bacteria so by consuming them you’re adding beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your overall intestinal flora. These tiny bacteria in your intestine can have full-body effects, increasing the health of your gut microbiome and digestive system and enhancing the immune system. 

Along with the beneficial probiotics, the fermentation process is also known to increase bioavailable nutrients in food while producing B vitamins, lactic acid, and omega-3s. So when you consume fermented hot sauce, feeling awesome may result as a side effect!


Other Surprising Health Benefits

Here are some other surprising health benefits of consuming chili peppers and hot sauce.
  • Due to the anti-inflammatory benefits of capsaicin, hot peppers can help prevent allergies and symptoms from allergies.  
  • It’s good for keeping your spouse or partner happy, as eating hot pepper can act as a disinfectant and improve the odor of your breath.
  • It’s a natural pain reliever, as capsaicin is actually used in many topical pain-relief creams and ointment to treat arthritis and other ailments. Eating hot peppers can also help fight migraines and joint pain through its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • In response to the burning sensation of ingesting the capsaicin, your brain releases endorphins and dopamine. Combined, these chemicals can create euphoria similar to "runner's high". So if you have a nice buzz after a spicy lunch, you have your hot sauce to thank.

Hawaiian Chili Peppers

The Hawaiian chili pepper is small in size but packs a punch when it comes to flavor and heat! The most popular way to use them in the islands is for making Hawaiian chili pepper water or ‘firewater’, a Hawaiian household staple that is used as a spicy condiment on everything from eggs to saimin or even in cocktails. 

These peppers mature to a bright red color and grow year-round in Hawai’i. However, they are so hard to buy in bulk that we purchase them every week at the farmers market in small batches. The peppers are then fermented for at least 6 months before being made into our signature hot sauces.  

Our Hot Sauce Selections 

Here is our entire KJC hot sauce lineup. We’ve ranked them by spiciness level, starting with the mildest and ending with the spiciest we’ve got.

-Chili Pepper Water

Chili pepper water originates with the native Hawaiians who traditionally bottled sea salt, local peppers, and water. Locals put this stuff on EVERYTHING. We kept our version simple and true to its roots. We especially like to add it to soups, soba noodles, and eggs. This is one of our least spicy sauces.  Buy Here

-Smoked Sauce

Our tomatoes are grown in Hawaii and picked perfectly ripened on the vine. We then smoke them in small batches with Kauaʻi Kiawe wood. This smoky BBQ sauce goes perfectly with most savory foods - eggs, avocado toast, grilled veggies, or barbeque chicken. It’s one of the Juice Co.’s best-kept secrets. Buy Here

-Kiawe Smoked

This is our most mild, but also one of our most popular sauces! We get our jalapeños from farmers all over the island and smoke them in small batches with Kauaʻi Kiawe wood to get that delicious smoky flavor. This is a fan favorite and goes great on all dishesBuy Here

-Verde Sauce

This sauce is smoky, tangy, and flavorful! It has a medium level of spice and is delicious on tacos. Pair it with our chipotle hot sauce on any Latin-inspired dish for an extra punch of flavor. Buy Here


This classic was the first creation in our line of hot sauces inspired by the heat of the Hawaiian chili pepper. The original sauce has a medium to a high level of spice and is one of our most popular sauces. It goes great on everything! Buy Here

-The Hipster

This sauce is smoky, sweet, and spicy. This specialty batch sauce started as a just-for-fun experiment and turned into a fan favorite. It has a medium level of heat and pairs fantastically with BBQ pork and chicken. Buy Here

-Thai Chili 

These local Thai peppers, like all of our other peppers, are grown organically and with love. Then they’re fermented for a minimum of 3 months before we begin making the sauce. The Thai Chili sauce has a medium level of heat and goes excellent in Asian dishes. Buy Here


This spicy and tangy sauce has a kick of ginger and goes great with Asian recipes and Island-style plate lunches. The sriracha sauce has a medium level of heat. Anything you normally add sriracha to, just add this hot sauce too for a leveled up experience. Buy Here


This is our owner’s favorite! A savory, smoky sauce that is full of flavor. This sauce has a medium level of heat and pairs perfectly with Mexican foods. Buy Here

-Pineapple Passion

This sauce is typical Hawaii....tangy, fruit-forward, but not too sweet. It’s got bold warmth with a citrus kick to bring out the natural flavors of seafood. It pairs perfectly with any fresh fish or ceviche and is an excellent addition to fish tacos. Buy Here

-Kauai Habanero

This is one of our spiciest sauces! Chocolate habanero may sound sweet, but it’s actually very spicy! It’s a local pepper that grows on Kauaʻi and is about twice as hot as a regular habanero pepper. Farmer Ray grows these special peppers and then delivers them straight to our doorstep where we ferment them for up to 15 months. Buy Here

-Mango Garlic Ghost

This is one of our spiciest sauces and one of our favorites! It’s loaded with heat from ghost peppers and has a touch of sweetness from local mango and pineapple juice we cold press for the real deal tropical experience. Buy Here

-Kauai Habanero Powder

This bottle contains dehydrated Kauaʻi habanero pepper that’s been pulverized into a lethally spicy powder. Add a blast of flavor and spice to any dish with just the smallest pinch. It’s excellent in soups or stews. Sprinkle on top of avocado, if you dare. Seriously spicy, do NOT underestimate. SOLD OUT

-Sorry Not Sorry

Trinidad scorpion peppers … need we say more? This is our hottest, kick you in the teeth, bring tears to your eyes sauce. A little dab'll do ya. Buy Here


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Heidi H.:

Love the mango garlic ghost! It’s my fave and I put it on everything.

Sep 02, 2020


love love love!! CHIPOTLE is my FAVE!!

Sep 02, 2020

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