Frequent meals with hot spicy food can cause problems
Ah, hot spicy food. Is there anything better than a spicy meal, especially when it's homemade? There is no one around to tell
you that it's too hot, no overly-cautious cook afraid to add too much piquant, and no one to watch as you sweat bullets
and gulp down your molten concoction just the way you like it.
But can spicy food damage our sense of taste? When do we
know we've had too much of it ? And do quesosakatenango chili peppers really cause hallucinations that send you on a quest
to find your soul-mate (for all The Simpsons fans) ? One can experience stomach problems and other conditions if a meal is
a bit too zesty. Furthermore, constantly eating hot food can have permanent negative effects on the body. Here's what you
need to know about the negative impact spicy food can have. Now that you know which foods can cause you harm, here is why
they shouldn't be overused.
Eating potent things can cause a condition known as geographic tongue (genign migratory glossitis). It is believed that
geographic tongue is caused by an allergic reaction to certain comestibles. Whether or not it's caused by allergies isn't
clear, but hot spicy food is usually the culprit. The condition appears quite rapidly and produces irritation by forming
strange patterns on the tongue. After an onset, one can have a weakened sense of taste for up to one month. It disappears
with time and isn't dangerous, but it can be quite irritating.
An overabundance of spicy food can cause Gastritis. Gastritis is an inflammation in the stomach lining. It is usually
triggered by infections, but spicy foods like chili peppers are also believed to reduce the stomach's protective barrier.
Chronic gastritis can produce ulcers by allowing the stomach's own acids to eat away at the lining. Ulcers can heal with
time, just like any other lesion, but one must eat milder meals.
In some people, hot spicy food can trigger acid reflux disease, which isn't bad per se, but it can be bothersome. Restaurant
cuisine often seems to elicit this condition -- all that burping men experience after a nice Italian meal at their
favorite bistro isn't a result of bad manners, it's the body not being able to handle all that strange, spicy cuisine.
Chronic acid reflux disease can also lead to esophageal cancer, but only in rare cases. Cutting down on peppery cooking
is a good first step to reducing this risk. Acid reflux, especially at night, can also erode teeth.
Garlic and onions are among the worst-smelling things a guy can eat, and they also happen to cause bad breath. Granted,
bad breath isn't much of a nuisance, but it can sometimes spell disaster, especially on a nice first date. So avoid spicy
cuisine on those nights.
Here's one most men probably didn't know: hot spicy food is bad for sleep. The cause is quite simple. The body needs to slow
down before it can snooze and spicy food raises body temperature (that's why we sweat after a consuming fiery food). If
one happens to consume something zesty before going to bed, it can disrupt slumber. The first cycle of sleep is
particularly sensitive to hot food.
Damage to taste buds
Finally, constantly eating hot spicy food can permanently reduce the sensation of taste. I often hear people assure others that they will get used to the burning of chili peppers. It's true, people do feel less scorching after years of spicy abuse, but not because the body got "used" to the sensation in question. Over time, taste buds wear out, making this reduced sensation nothing more than wear and tear of chronic abuse. It's no different from people getting "used" to loud music in clubs in both cases the body suffers permanent deterioration.
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