Increased Spicy Food Tolerance?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Hi Folks,
I've been eating paleo (with a few beans and some high fat dairy sparingly) for about 3 weeks now, and I have noticed that my tolerance for spicy foods has gone through the roof. I've always enjoyed it, but jalape??o level or above would leave my mouth burning and various other parts of my digestive system upset for the next day. But in the last few weeks I've noticed that's not the case. On Saturday I had some habanero wings that in the past have made me regret having them. I've also noticed an increased craving for spicy foods.

Has anyone else experienced similar increase in tolerance, or is this just something unique to my body chemistry?


on January 19, 2011
at 05:00 AM

Yeah I have. I used to think I was spicy intolerant, which made me REALLY sad. Now I eat spicy food daily :)

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on June 29, 2011
at 02:08 PM

I was out with my SAD friends after a softball game last night and we decided we were going to eat the blazin' wings at BDubs as we had 4 years prior just for the hell of it, after we finished all our other medium-high heat regular wings. Same challenge, 2 wings each.

4 years ago when I was SAD, my mouth was on fire with one wing.

Fast forward 4 years, my lips were a little warm. That's it. My two friends same standard reaction as 4 years ago, still SAD eaters. Now granted I was crying I was laughing so hard at their faces that it made the second wing difficult to eat, therefore I think I got more of the sauce on my lips than in my mouth this time. But still it wasn't the feeling like I needed to rip my lips off like it was the last time.

If this is a permanent change in my spice tolerance, I'll take it. Half tempted to hit up the other wing joints and sign-off to try their hottest wings. Also, no ill effects on the return end.



on January 19, 2011
at 08:16 AM

I find the opposite - sadly! I love curry and used to like fairly spicy; jalfrezi was a favourite. But since paleo (14 months now) I eat a curry, love it - and wake about 4.00 a.m. with a burning feeling in my gut. Not nice! So I've taken to eating the tandoori mixed grill instead. Lots of grilled meat, lots of salad, no chillis.

Also, it does mean no rice - I would otherwise still have rice with a nice juicy curry.


on January 18, 2011
at 04:28 PM

As your gut/intestines heal from inflammation and lectin damage of a SAD diet (grains, legumes),one would expect that you'll have higher tolerance for peppery spices. I'm waiting for this revelation to come to my husband who just started paleo this month and has had similar problems as you (spicy sends him to the can several times).




on January 18, 2011
at 08:25 PM

It seems probable that there would be less digestive issues from spicy food since your digestion is better in general. IE no quick bathroom needs.

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