This is perhaps a medical science question. Has anyone ever fed lab rats a steadily increasing diet of hot sauce and studied the effect? What are the hazards to humans from hot sauce?
I know there are hot sauce shops and hot sauce clubs and undoubtedly lots of internet info on hot sauce but what are the dangers of hot sauce?
Trivia I know:
- First let’s deal with the “burning ring of fire”, irritation of the anus after consuming hot sauce. Could this cause hemorrhoids?
- I read that hot sauce stimulates mucus production. People with respiratory ailments may subconciously crave hot sauce.
- I heard of a good way to deal with that annoying jock at school: Challenge him to chug-a-lug tabasco sauce when he’s drunk. He may collapse and die from his throat swelling up. (warning: do not ever commit this very serious assault)
- Digging into a very hot spicy Indian curry will cause you to burst into sweat.
- If you cut up a hot pepper don’t touch your eye or any other very sensitive part of the body until all the oils are off your hands. Professionals use rubber gloves.
- Apparently people become conditioned to hot peppers. There are stories of people who can consume the hottest of peppers raw and, in some countries, the locals enjoy dishes so spicy that few North Americans can eat them. Could, for example, somebody from England, notorious for the lack of spice in its traditional cuisine and recognizing the increasing popularity of Indian curries this century, quickly become conditioned to a very spicy diet without ill effects?
- Spices, especially hot spices, can disguise spoiled food and repel insects and animals from eating the food.
Other than the obvious prohibitions against hot sauce, such as for people with ulcers or inflamed digestive systems from other causes, are there any warnings hot sauce lovers should know? Could hot sauce cause ulcers, inflamed digestive systems, hemorrhoids, or death?
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