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EFFECTS OF SPICY FOODS. EFFECTS OF SPICY FOODS. Document Transcript

  • EFFECTS OF SPICY FOODS When you eat spicy food, you might feel like your mouth -- or the top of your head -- is about to explode. But eating spicy food doesn't generally cause any serious long-term effects. Though much is suspected, relatively little is known about the health effects of peppery foods. In general, hot, spicy foods are stimulants. They stimulate the circulation and raise body temperature. If you are living in a hot climate, the increase in body temperature can make you feel cooler by diminishing the difference between you and the surrounding air and by inducing sweating, which cools the body when the perspiration evaporates. Peppery foods are also believed to stimulate the appetite by setting off the flow of saliva and gastric juices, a nutritionally important effect for people in tropical areas where the oppressive
  • heat acts as an appetite suppressant. And, anecdotally at least, they act as an overall stimulant, producing a titillating, awakening effect and increasing the acuity of the senses. Peppers, especially the hot capsicum (chili) peppers, produce a burning sensation on the skin and mucous membranes, including the inside of the mouth. For the uninitiated, a relatively mild hot pepper can seem intolerably strong and truly hot peppers may even cause blistering of the lips and palate. But people who eat hot foods all the time apparently become conditioned to their oral effects and do not find them painful. In fact, foods traditionally eaten hot are regarded as bland without the proper dose of pepper, much as a person used to a lot of salt would find salt- free foods tasteless. Examples of images of spicy foods are:
  • For non-oral tissues, however, the burning produced by capsaicin, the irritating chemical in chili peppers, can be very painful. When preparing peppers it is wise to wear rubber gloves or hold the peppers in a paper towel or
  • plastic wrap. Fingers that have handled hot peppers should be washed thoroughly and kept out of the eyes and other sensitive tissues, including those of the pelvic region. If you should get capsaicin on sensitive tissues, flush quickly with lots of water to reduce the irritation. Some of the negative effects are: Gastrointestinal Effects Since your gastrointestinal tract feels the heat the most when you eat a spicy dish, you might feel most concerned about the effect on your mouth, stomach and intestines. But while your mouth and stomach feel like they're burning after eating hot peppers, they're actually not. The capsaicin in chili peppers activates the release of Substance P, a compound that transmits pain and burning sensations. Some spices, such as mustard and horseradish,
  • actually can damage tissue, according to NYU Langone Medical Center. Spicy foods do not cause heartburn or stomach ulcer but can worsen both conditions. Water doesn't quench the heat well if you feel the burn in your mouth and stomach, since the oils in the pepper contain the spicy components. Oils don't dissolve well in water; try drinking milk instead. Smaller peppers are generally hotter than the larger varieties.
  • Skin Effects Handling spicy peppers before eating them can lead to Hunan hand syndrome, a contact dermatitis reaction characterized by pain, swelling and redness. The higher the Scoville heat unit -- the measuring stick to compare the heat of different peppers -- the more likely you are to experience skin irritation or burning after handing raw chili peppers. Wear gloves when cutting chili peppers or wash your hands thoroughly with warm soap and water after handling. Use dish-washing liquid that contains grease cutters, vegetable oil or milk to wash the oil off your hand rather than water. Horseradish can cause similar skin damage. Eye Effects
  • If you touch your eyes after handling hot peppers, you could experience swelling and pain in and around the eye. Even the steam of cooking chili peppers can cause a reaction in some people. Use a wet towel over your eye to help wash out the oil and see your doctor if you develop blurred vision. Horseradish can also cause eye irritation. How to Neutralize Spicy Foods 1. Add dairy to the food, if possible. Mix in a dash of yogurt, sour cream or milk to the dish. If this is not feasible, have a glass of milk with your meal or a yogurt beverage. When mixed with the capsaicin, the dairy produces a cooling effect. 2.
  • Add lemon and lime to the food. The acids in lemon and lime help counteract the spiciness by neutralizing them. Pineapples have a similar effect -- if you are still cooking the dish, add in some finely chopped pineapple and cook them until they dissolve in the dish. 3. Add a little bit of sugar at a time. Sugar or honey helps neutralize spiciness, particularly when combined with citrus fruits like lemon or lime. Stir and taste your dish after each spoonful of sugar to make sure your dish doesn’t taste like the dessert. 4. Stir in a few tablespoons of peanut butter. This will add a bit of flavor to your dish and help dilute the heat. Warn anyone who may suffer from a peanut allergy or nut intolerance that may eat the dish.
  • 5. Add more of the recipe's other ingredients to diminish the spiciness. Add a spoonful of the ingredients, minus the spices at a time until the flavor is right. If you have leftovers, store the remaining food in the fridge or freezer.