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  • The American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) Pungency unit is based on a scientific method of measuring chili pepper "heat." It uses high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to identify and measure the concentrations of compounds that produce a heat sensation. Scoville heat units are roughly 15 times higher than ASTA Pungency units when measuring capsaicin.

    November 7, 2007