How Spicy is Too Spicy?

What do women and spices have in common, well, A LOT but since we got to keep it PG rated let’s just say ‘Can’t live with them, can’t live without them’. Who better to write about it than an average Pakistani whose life is filled with over spicy food and over dramatic women.

But how spicy is too spicy? I am proudly one of the people should ‘masala zara tez rakha boss’ after ordering food because there is no point of eating food at all unless it lets you sweat like a, well, like a masala addict Pakistani of the most uncomfortable areas.

The spicy being too spicy meter runs different criteria in separate areas. Spices are like drugs they don’t even feel good after some time, they don’t taste good, but we are just used to it.

A research study in 1980 calculated that three pounds of extreme chilies in powder form — of something like the Bhut Jolokia — eaten all at once could kill a 150-pound person.

A dramatic turn of events in a light hearted read? Well that’s how it is, these harmless looking chillis and spices turn out to be quite the little devils actually, stats and facts are calling out for them to be eradicated from food completely.

Using it for aroma is all one is supposed to do with chillis, loading with your food with spices is harmful and it’s like killing yourself not so softly every day.

Chili peppers cause the eater’s insides to rev up, which can come with some problems. They activate sympathetic nervous system — which helps control most of the body’s internal organs — to expend more energy, so the body burns more calories when the same food is eaten with chili peppers. “Eating chili is associated with increases in metabolic rate and thermogenesis,” says John Prescott, a professor at Sussex University and editor of the journal Food Quality and Preference. “Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili, does cause tissue inflammation so the mucous of the stomach or intestines might be damaged by a sufficiently large dose.”

Tissue inflammation could explain why the contestants in the Killer Curry contest said they felt like chainsaws were ripping through their insides. Too much of the spicy stuff can also give you a good case of heartburn.

At the end of the day, I wouldn’t want to sound like a hypocrite and tell you not make your biryani too spicy but I would just say that moderation is good, healthy is good.

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