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Spicy Food All The Time?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Any thoughts on eating spicy food (hot chili oil) every day with every meal? I am asking mainly for my husband who has to have hot oil with anything he eats. Is this unhealthy?

Also, I was wondering if spicy food increases metabolism in any significant way?

A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

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on July 02, 2012
at 10:01 AM

Wow... Two downvotes without any explanation?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 26, 2012
at 02:20 AM

I don't think this stuff is spicy enough to do it, although I could be wrong. It only really heats up your lips and tongue, not your mouth, or esophagus, when you eat it.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 26, 2012
at 02:19 AM

@cerement: he makes the oil for the entire restaurant he works in (dries/grinds/fries the peppers), so I am not sure if he could add stuff, but maybe I can convince him to make an experimental batch the next time they run out. I am excited to get him healthier :-)

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on June 25, 2012
at 10:05 PM

@Jay: That's fine. I thought I answered her questions on what I thought about chili oil and its health effects from a Paleo perspective. I wasn't arguing anything really. I brought up my ethnicity to share my views on spicy food, which the OP asked about.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on June 25, 2012
at 07:46 PM

I down voted you. Not because I have a problem with your answer but just because I don't think the number 1 answer should be an argument based on the fact that you are Indian and like Indian food. How is that an answer at all?

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on June 25, 2012
at 07:44 PM

@Mambo, this study compared Mexicans who eat a lot of chili pepper to OTHER MEXICANS that don't eat much and found that those that do eat the most are 17 times more likely to get stomach cancer. That is a surprising result, in my opinion. That said, I suspect there is more going on than just chili peppers so perhaps that was your point. For example, a study in Italy found that capsaicin consumption does not seem to be associated with stomach cancer among Italians. (Though the high consumers in Italy consumed much less than the high consumers in Mexico).

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:24 PM

I'm not surprised by this. You see similar elevations in stomach and esophageal cancers in countries that eat spicy foods.

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

(888)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:00 PM

@cerement: Thanks for the information! @Chinaeskimo: You can also add in other ingredients to add more flavor to the oil while simultaneously masking the coconut taste. I sometimes use garlic, ginger, or dried shrimp skins.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 25, 2012
at 11:50 AM

Ah, I thought it was medically necessary or something.

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on June 25, 2012
at 05:19 AM

@Chinaeskimo - for the most Asian taste, would go with sesame oil - olive oil for a classic Mediterranean flavor - could even get some nice flavors with frying/roasting the chile in coconut oil and then letting it solidify ...

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 03:42 AM

<>Hurts so good...

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 03:40 AM

@Walcott: Thank you for the research. I love research!

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:40 AM

@Cerement: What kind of oil do you think would taste best?

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:47 AM

It's only a problem if he has a reaction to nightshades or hasn't built up any tolerance to the heat (obviously not the case here).

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:44 AM

@Walcott - and another report - http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Hot+peppers+cause+ulcers+and+other+stomach+problems%2c+right%3f+Wrong!...-a0168748165

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:42 AM

@Walcott - chile pepper's antibiotic properties retard ulcer growth (specifically H. pylori) - article re: study in Singapore, those who ate mild food had ulcer rates 3 times higher than those who ate spicy food - http://www.everydayhealth.com/ulcer/ulcer-myths.aspx

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:38 AM

@Chinaeskimo - encourage him to make it with a paleo-acceptable oil (definitely ditch the soy oil) - and making your own is really easy

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:23 AM

*SIREN* All right buddy, up against the stove....we've been watching you for months...didn’t' think we'd find out about you and your little Canola problem did you...let me see your Paleo licence...we've got a couple questions for you at the PH PD...People like you make me sick..”oh oh Coconut oil doesn’t taste right”.. pffff... once we get you into solitary that 'otta sweat out all those N6’s…don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time :-)

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:20 AM

I LOVE Indian food.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:19 AM

It's kinda like why people have to have salt on their food. His "salt" is hot oil.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I think it's made with soy oil

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:17 AM

'cause he's chinese? It's a cultural thing, I think. He says he just doesn't enjoy the food without it.

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97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:14 AM

As an Indian and ardent lover of all things spicy, I will argue that there's absolutely nothing wrong with it if you can handle it! But I must say that it's important to appreciate ALL sources of heat besides chili pepper. For example, fresh ginger and garlic, raw onions, black peppercorns, cloves, coriander seed, cumin seed, etc., all have their own elements of heat.

I think I'd be more concerned if the chili oil is made with a Paleo-approved oil. Some chili oils are made with sesame oil (you can taste it), but others may be made with a neutral oil like vegetable. I usually make mine with Canola (shh).

I've read some articles that say it promotes a higher metabolism and long term weight loss, and I've also read some which say chili causes ulcers. I haven't found any studies showing clear evidence for either assertion. If someone has, I'd love to see it!

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I think it's made with soy oil

Medium avatar

(2923)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:42 AM

@Walcott - chile pepper's antibiotic properties retard ulcer growth (specifically H. pylori) - article re: study in Singapore, those who ate mild food had ulcer rates 3 times higher than those who ate spicy food - http://www.everydayhealth.com/ulcer/ulcer-myths.aspx

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:20 AM

I LOVE Indian food.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 03:40 AM

@Cerement: What kind of oil do you think would taste best?

Medium avatar

(2923)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:19 AM

@Chinaeskimo - for the most Asian taste, would go with sesame oil - olive oil for a classic Mediterranean flavor - could even get some nice flavors with frying/roasting the chile in coconut oil and then letting it solidify ...

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

(888)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:00 PM

@cerement: Thanks for the information! @Chinaeskimo: You can also add in other ingredients to add more flavor to the oil while simultaneously masking the coconut taste. I sometimes use garlic, ginger, or dried shrimp skins.

Medium avatar

(2923)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:44 AM

@Walcott - and another report - http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Hot+peppers+cause+ulcers+and+other+stomach+problems%2c+right%3f+Wrong!...-a0168748165

Medium avatar

(2923)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:38 AM

@Chinaeskimo - encourage him to make it with a paleo-acceptable oil (definitely ditch the soy oil) - and making your own is really easy

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 03:40 AM

@Walcott: Thank you for the research. I love research!

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on June 25, 2012
at 07:46 PM

I down voted you. Not because I have a problem with your answer but just because I don't think the number 1 answer should be an argument based on the fact that you are Indian and like Indian food. How is that an answer at all?

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:23 AM

*SIREN* All right buddy, up against the stove....we've been watching you for months...didn’t' think we'd find out about you and your little Canola problem did you...let me see your Paleo licence...we've got a couple questions for you at the PH PD...People like you make me sick..”oh oh Coconut oil doesn’t taste right”.. pffff... once we get you into solitary that 'otta sweat out all those N6’s…don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time :-)

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 26, 2012
at 02:19 AM

@cerement: he makes the oil for the entire restaurant he works in (dries/grinds/fries the peppers), so I am not sure if he could add stuff, but maybe I can convince him to make an experimental batch the next time they run out. I am excited to get him healthier :-)

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

(888)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:05 PM

@Jay: That's fine. I thought I answered her questions on what I thought about chili oil and its health effects from a Paleo perspective. I wasn't arguing anything really. I brought up my ethnicity to share my views on spicy food, which the OP asked about.

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75b431f05d4b755c56e887e7f4850a4b

on August 16, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Any suggestion on type of oil? The reason most are soy or sesame is because of the high smoke level. Ghee and coconut won't work and I would love to make chili oil at home. Thoughts?

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4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on June 25, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I've been slightly concerned about findings from Mexico that chili pepper consumption is highly associated (e.g., 17 times higher rates among high consumers) with stomach cancer. It may be the combination of particular genetics, h pylori infection, and chili pepper consumption.

Note, in balancing the risks, I have decided to still eat hot peppers, pretty much all the time.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:24 PM

I'm not surprised by this. You see similar elevations in stomach and esophageal cancers in countries that eat spicy foods.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 26, 2012
at 02:20 AM

I don't think this stuff is spicy enough to do it, although I could be wrong. It only really heats up your lips and tongue, not your mouth, or esophagus, when you eat it.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on June 25, 2012
at 07:44 PM

@Mambo, this study compared Mexicans who eat a lot of chili pepper to OTHER MEXICANS that don't eat much and found that those that do eat the most are 17 times more likely to get stomach cancer. That is a surprising result, in my opinion. That said, I suspect there is more going on than just chili peppers so perhaps that was your point. For example, a study in Italy found that capsaicin consumption does not seem to be associated with stomach cancer among Italians. (Though the high consumers in Italy consumed much less than the high consumers in Mexico).

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91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Why does he have to have it?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:17 AM

'cause he's chinese? It's a cultural thing, I think. He says he just doesn't enjoy the food without it.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 02:19 AM

It's kinda like why people have to have salt on their food. His "salt" is hot oil.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 25, 2012
at 11:50 AM

Ah, I thought it was medically necessary or something.

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A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

on June 25, 2012
at 01:47 AM

When it hurts, he'll stop.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 25, 2012
at 03:42 AM

<>Hurts so good...

A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

(1646)

on July 02, 2012
at 10:01 AM

Wow... Two downvotes without any explanation?

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