So, absolutely, eating overly hot food can be harmful. According to a 1980 research, ingesting three pounds of extreme chillies in powder form—such as the Bhut Jolokia [also known as ghost peppers]—all at once might kill a 150-pound individual. The digestive system can only process so much capsaicin at one time, and many other health problems may arise from this large dose of heat.
People have been saying "no" to spicy foods for as long as spicy foods have existed. Spicy foods were popular among ancient Greeks and Romans, who believed that adding herbs and spices to food improved its taste and nutrition. (This idea came from their knowledge of pharmacology.) Although today's scientists agree that spices can boost the flavor of whatever you're cooking and add nutrients where otherwise there would be none, people then didn't know any better. They just thought spicy foods were tasty and good for you.
In modern America, a trend toward less spice has emerged over the past few decades. Some people claim they can no longer eat spicy foods because it hurts their mouths, but actually, they are not eating enough spicy foods to cause any problems.
The truth is, you can die from spicy food, but this happens very rarely. Spicy foods include ingredients such as chiles, cayenne, and mustard seeds that contain chemicals called capsaicins.
Both yes and no. In theory, spicy food may gravely harm you if consumed at high enough amounts, but your body is unlikely to allow this to happen. You'd have to keep eating incredibly hot food until you began to sweat, shake, vomit, and maybe pass out. So it's safe to claim that spicy food isn't going to kill you.
In practice, most people can eat plenty of spicy food without any serious problems occurring. However, if you are extremely sensitive to heat or if you are in poor health otherwise, then these foods might not be for you.
The main danger from spicy foods is actually due to the fact that they usually contain a lot of other ingredients too. For example, many popular brands of chili powder are well over 50% sodium by weight. Too much salt in your bloodstream can lead to water retention and hypertension which could cause heart failure or stroke. Also, some spices such as cinnamon contain large amounts of sugar which could potentially cause diabetes. People who are already diabetic should avoid these kinds of additives since even small changes in their blood glucose levels can lead to complications later on.
Overall, spicy foods aren't going to kill you. However, some spices do contain dangerous levels of salt or sugar so choose carefully. And if you have an existing medical condition, make sure to discuss any dietary restrictions with your doctor before starting any new diets.
Eating a super-spicy chili pepper (perhaps on a dare) may leave you sweating heavily and feeling uncomfortable, but it will not kill you. Eating a large number of them, on the other hand, may. This is due to capsaicin, a substance found in peppers that is the primary element in pepper spray. The more capsaicin, the hotter the pepper.
People have been eating hot peppers for centuries without any negative effects. In fact, many foods are spicier now than they were hundreds of years ago because we have become used to cooking them down or adding extra spices. But if you can't take any heat, then don't eat any hot peppers!
The only people who should not eat hot peppers are those who suffer from allergies to them. Otherwise, go ahead and try some new flavors!
When you bite into a ghost pepper, your mouth experiences the most intense heat. Yes, eating ghost peppers may kill you. To die, a 150-pound (68-kg) individual would need to consume 3 pounds (1.3 kilograms) of dried and powdered capsaicin-rich peppers like the ghost pepper. The actual amount needed to kill you is much less than this because the body can absorb some of the powdery substance.
The death rate from ghost peppers is very high because many people don't know how to properly handle them or what kind of preparation they should be cooked in. Also, because the chili peppers contain large amounts of capsaicin, anyone who is sensitive to spicy foods should not eat them.
Ghost peppers are found in parts of South America, especially in Peru. They get their name because when you burn them they look like a specter/ghost. People in these areas have been eating them for centuries without any problems. However, because they are so potent, consuming too many in one meal could be fatal.
In the United States, ghost peppers are grown in California and Arizona for use in cooking. Because of this, more people have access to them and know how to deal with them if they want to eat them. Still, it's important to note that just because something is edible doesn't mean it's safe for everyone to eat.