Can eating spicy things hurt you in any way?



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MissPickwickian
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Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:49 pm

I love spicy food, but after I eat it I get a runny nose and a mild sore throat for a few hours. Sometimes I wonder if eating spicy things can kill your tastebuds or slough the mucous membrane off your esophagus or give you canker sores or anything. Spiciness is, after all, a pain stimulus, and pain indicates that harm is being done to the body.


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Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:19 pm

Chilli does kill off your tastebuds, but is also used in some kinds of medicines, so it isn't unhealthy per se. (Don't worry, the tastebuds come back, but this explains why people who eat chilli every day can eat much more spicy food)
Chilli can cause local irritation, of course. Runny noses are also quite normal ... enjoyable, even!!
You can calmly eat chilli, if you enjoy it.



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Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:14 pm

I'm not dead, so I suppose not...;)

Heck, it clears out my sinuses just fine...;)



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Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:42 pm

Certain allergic people can have reactions to particular spices. Some people who have GERD, heartburn or ulcers may find that spicy foods trigger their symptoms. Otherwise, I don't believe there is any harm in consuming spicy foods. I personally LOVE them. My two year old son loves the "oral sensory input" and wants Frank's Red Hot on everything from macaroni and cheese to the casserole I make 8O


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Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:44 pm

Mikomi wrote:
My two year old son loves the "oral sensory input" and wants Frank's Red Hot on everything from macaroni and cheese to the casserole I make 8O


My son, too :D



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Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:40 pm

Some spices have really good medicinal properties - a mild chelating effect (coriander), or having a protective/preventative effect against stroke/dementia etc (possibly tumeric?)



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Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:41 pm

I get migraines from all temperatures of red peppers, bell peppers to the fiery types of red peppers. Fiery mouth, burned belly, sting in the eyes if you rub them with your fingers. What goes in must come out, so your O-ring might be stinging as the hot "exits the building".



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Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:32 pm

Having a runny nose is normal after eating spicey foods...infact, if someone didn't get one from eating something spicey, I'd be a little concerned. :lol:
I don't see how eating spicey foods can harm you unless you have a specific medical reason that prevents you from doing so. Having a sore throat after eating something spicey I have heard is quite common as well. If that happens, then maybe you should have a milder spice in the food and see if it goes away. It's not harmful though.


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Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:27 pm

Noelle wrote:
What goes in must come out, so your O-ring might be stinging as the hot "exits the building".


LOL!

In my experience that only happens with hemorrhoids. :lol: Which aren't caused by peppers.

Eating peppers in moderation is good for you. They are packed with vitamin C. Peppers also provide anti-inflammatory benefits. And they speed up your metabolism.

And of course they help clear up sinuses.


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Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:42 pm

The Day After Shits, after eating a jar of halapenos or as we say in Canada jalapenos 8O 8O 8O 8O



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Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:52 pm

When I was your age and up to my early 30s there was no downside to chili peppers for me Miss Pickwickian. Now, however, it's a good idea for me to take ranitidine before eating peppers or some Italian food to prevent heartburn. That's about the only downside that I know of. Unless you have an allergy eat what you like. :)



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I don't think so. :?


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I've always like hotter foods. I went on a bing in the last couple years, was going to Quaker Steak and getting the Atomic wings, tried as many things that I could sign a waver for as possible. Still have Mad Dog 357 in the fridge with Black Mamba and Dave's Insanity Gourmet. I think after a while I got used to the fact that it just killed the flavor too much to be enjoyable and of course, yes, having bad intestinal cramps till 10 PM the next night was ok when I was just testing my limits but after a while it just got to me a bit too much. Don't get me wrong though, if someone I ran into had some 1,000,000+ scoville stuff, particularly something like Blaire's 2AM, 3AM, 4AM, yeah - you bet I'd try it just for the novelty and being able to say I did, not much other reason though.



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Sun Apr 06, 2008 2:59 pm

I like spicy food, especially nachos and burritos. I can usually handle jalapeños pretty well (although some fresh ones gave me bad heartburn at this one restaurant!)

Sometimes I put jalapeños in omelettes or on cheeseburgers.



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I love spicy stuff up to a point. When it starts inducing hiccups, that's when I draw the line. Habanero flavor does that to me, so that's out, but everything up to that point seems good. Jalapenos are just about perfect. I subscribe to the theory of it being beneficial.

I don't know what heartburn is.


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