This article raises a couple of questions for me. Recently, I drank some clam-tomato juice that contained jalapeño puree. It seemed to alleviate some of my internal ailments. So, I wonder if jalapeño peppers also contain capsaicin.

Norman Moore
Boca Raton, Fla.

Jalapeño peppers do contain capsaicin, but it’s impossible to say whether the substance delivers the salutary effects. Research shows a connection between nerve cell receptors implicated in inflammatory bowel disease and capsaicin’s signal to the brain .—N. Seppa