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Ghost Pepper Puts Hole in Man's Esophagus

Excessive vomiting tore a hole in his esophagus

(Newser) - The ghost pepper is one of the world's hottest peppers, with a Scoville rating of more than a million. So it might follow that you shouldn't ingest it in more than tiny quantities. And yet, the Journal of Emergency Medicine reports on the unusual case of a man... More »

World's Hottest Pepper Wreaks Havoc on Middle School

Carolina Reapers sicken more than two dozen students in Indiana

(Newser) - The inventor of the Carolina Reaper—the world's hottest pepper—describes it as "kind of like eating molten lava." "That's the best way to put it," he tells PRI . So you can only imagine what happened when a batch of Reapers made their way... More »

Want to Live Longer? Add Chili Peppers to Your Diet

The study analyzed more than 485K people

(Newser) - People who like a little heat in their meals just might be doing their longevity a favor. So report researchers this week in the British Medical Journal after studying the health, diets, and alcohol consumption of more than 485,000 people in China. Controlling for many variables, including family medical... More »

This Is Earth's Hottest Pepper

...according to Guinness, and it's grown in the US

(Newser) - The Carolina Reaper has taken the title of world's hottest pepper, after a four-year quest to do just that. The Guinness Book of World Records in November handed the honor to Ed Currie, who grows the fire-engine red peppers in South Carolina. The move followed 2012 testing at Winthrop... More »

Farmers Fight Elephants With Chili Peppers

Low-tech solution saves crops because elephants' noses very sensitive

(Newser) - With elephant populations finally on the rebound in eastern Africa, farmers are increasingly squaring off against the giant pachyderms, which can eat up to 660 pounds of food a day. Electric fences have been deemed too dangerous and expensive, so many farmers have started employing a much lower-tech solution to... More »

Chilis May Lower Blood Pressure

Spicy food could counter hypertension: Study

(Newser) - Good news for spicy food lovers: Eating chili peppers may lower blood pressure over the long term. A new study, carried out on rats, is the first to establish a link between long-term ingestion of capsaicin, the ingredient that makes chilis spicy, and lowered blood pressure in animals predisposed to... More »

India's New Military Weapon: 'Ghost Chili'

Military will make mini hand grenades with it

(Newser) - The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world's hottest chili. Defense officials have decided to use the thumb-sized "bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili," to make tear-gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects. "The chili grenade has been found fit for use after trials... More »

Best Aphrodisiac Foods

From the known (oysters) to the bizarre (banana bread), the sexiest foods

(Newser) - If you're looking for a Valentine's Day meal to put you and your lover in the mood, skip the chocolate—you'd need to eat 25 pounds to feel its euphoric effects. And despite the inclusion of popular aphrodisiacs like oysters on many V-Day menus, most meals are so heavy "... More »

Chili Peppers Could Help Heart Attack Victims

Capsaicin found to reduce cell damage in mice

(Newser) - Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers so spicy, could turn out to be the newest—and oddest—heart drug, the Wall Street Journal reports. Scientists applied the chemical to the abdominal skin of mice then induced heart attacks; their hearts suffered 85% less cell damage than the mice treated... More »

UK Cook Eats Own Hot Sauce, Dies

Contest with girlfriend's brother ends in tragedy

(Newser) - A budding British cook died last week after eating his own spicy tomato sauce, the London Times reports. Andrew Lee, 33, challenged his girlfriend’s brother to a contest, arriving with a jar of the sauce, made with chilies his father had grown. After eating it, he felt itchy and... More »

Tomatoes OK, FDA Says

Salmonella warning is lifted, though investigation continues

(Newser) - The US government has declared it's OK to eat tomatoes again, lifting its salmonella warning amid signs that the outbreak, while not over, may finally be slowing. Officials reiterated earlier warnings that the people most at risk of salmonella should avoid hot peppers, particularly jalapenos and serranos. The Food and... More »

FDA Salmonella Probe Switches to Jalapenos

Investigators eying other salsa ingredients for source of outbreak

(Newser) - Jalapeno peppers have pushed tomatoes off the top of the FDA's suspect list in the recent salmonella outbreak, reports the Wall Street Journal. Investigators believe salsa may be the culprit in the rash of illnesses, and after a drop in tomato consumption failed to halt a rise in cases, they... More »

Hot Sauce Could Be the New Morphine

Chemical in chili peppers that burns also numbs—for days

(Newser) - Doctors think they have a hot lead on an alternative to opioid pain killers like morphine: chili peppers. California-based researchers are dripping what is essentially a sterile version of hot sauce—containing capsaicin, the chemical that gives peppers their bite—directly into open wounds during surgery. Just like biting into... More »

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