What's the point of excessively spicy food? Do people really enjoy it? Is it a challenge to eat it without dying?
I love spicy food, the hotter the better. And none of that bullshit Tabasco. I'm talking about thai food, habanero salsas, and grilled jalapeno peppers that you eat big bites of.
I enjoy it immensely. And while i'm always up for a challenge, I don't eat it to see how much I can take. I eat it 'cause I enjoy the heat.
I'm watching this show where they have scientific, standardized measures for the heat of the peppers. I didn't realize people were so serious about their heat.
I can't stand spicy food. People say I have bland taste in food, and perhaps I do, but if not liking spicy is bland, I'll take it.
Yet another baby tastes thread.
Used to be able to eat any spices. But as one got older, arthritis set in. I eliminated members of the nightshade family (most peppers, potato, fresh tomato) and got rid of the arthritis. Still use ketchup and have little problem.
I guess I'm a medium when it comes to hot foods: Szechuan, Vindaloo, some Thai. I never understood the point of having foods so blazingly, hot that your tongue is seared? Once that happens, how can you appreciate the taste of what you're eating.I know for a lot of guys it's a macho thing, you're welcome to all the ghost and bird chilis you can stand. Hot chilis helped indigenous people sweat more, a little help from Mother Nature in those equatorial countries. Have you seen that Indian(subcontinent) festival, where they smear ground up chilis into their EYES? Invoke the deity of your choice, but that seems a special kind o' stupid.
I basically ONLY like spicy food
OP, not only is it nutritious and delicious but the hot part is the world's best anti-inflammatory. Very healthy for your gut
It disguises cheap cuts that are past their best. I'll take a little blander and fresher thank you.
Quit drinking 22 years ago, quit smoking 5 years ago, retired two years ago.
I have more time now to spend in the kitchen and I have come to detest bland food. Maybe I fried my taste buds in earlier days … who knows.
Last year I grew my own chili peppers and made about a gallon my homemade blended hot sauce.
Peppers used: jalapeno, habanero, Thai, cowhorn, peter, Tabasco.
Used my VitaMix to blend the chopped peppers, salt, and white vinegar into a smooth puree. Poured this into freezer bags. Thaw and decant as needed. Excellent!
I like hot food, and I like not-hot food. I don't cook much with chilis myself, but I like going out for it, Thai food in particular. There are a couple of good restaurants near me, one very near me. I would go more often if they didn't burn scented candles. [italic]Why don't Thai restaurants want people to smell the food?[/italic]
All hail the BTT (R4).
I regard ridiculously hot peppers as poison because as someone has pointed out, how can you get past the blistering heat to taste the food?
But subtle background heat, providing a spice "framework" for the rest of the dish's other ingredients to hold onto, can make all the difference in the world to a recipe. From ho-hum to W-O-W!
Capsaicin is therapeutic, externally and internally.
[quote]I regard ridiculously hot peppers as poison because as someone has pointed ou
no accounting for tastes, my dear, but they are FAR from a poison.
I like it as long as it doesn't wipe out my taste buds or make the food difficult to eat.
A good smokey pepper can be wonderful flavor. The combo of hot and sweet or creamy can be a great thing.
You build a tolerance for the heat and find you don't enjoy food without. I usually add cayenne to whatever starch I might be having. I add habanero sauce my friends make along with greek yogurt to my V8 juice. Now I am doing crushed chiltepins.
For me, it started with red hots, the cinnamon candy. I quickly became addicted and moved on to hotter things. I also am in my 60's have arthritis and take no pain medicines because, I have no pain.
[quote] I never understood the point of having foods so blazingly, hot that your tongue is seared? Once that happens, how can you appreciate the taste of what you're eating.
For me at that point it's not about the taste, it's about the incredible euphoria brought by the capsaicin.
yeah, I agree
Spicy foods also have great analgesic properties, relieving muscle aches and headaches.
My problem is that when I have peppers I typically eat more.
r16 Chilis, being in the Nightshade family, are actually not all that far from being a poison. Thank heaven they're tasty, or there wouldn't be much to recommend them.
I love "spicy" food, meaning tasting of various spices, but HEAT, as in "this burns my mouth and causes pain" is not a "spice".
[quote]You build a tolerance for the heat and find you don't enjoy food without.
I have a friend like this. "Hot" is the only tastebud he has left that works, apparently. He's perfectly happy eating the crappiest, cheapest un-hot food (my opinion). He microwaves yesterday's coffee and says it tastes no different to him from the fresh coffee I drink.
But his hot food, that's another story. He loves it, loves it, loves it, and can be as picky about it as I am all food.
Does it burn when you rim a guy who eats a lot of very spicy food?
r26 It's the food that warms you twice, going in and coming out. If someone's down there, they're bound to notice.
I can't enjoy my food if my nose is running, my eyes are tearing, and I'm gulping water at the speed of light!
I simply don't get it.
I love crab, but I never again with eat it mixed with cayenne mayo.
I couldn't enjoy it one bit. I was too busy trying to put out the fire!
The purpose of hot and spicy food (but mostly hot food) is to disguise rotted meat.
No, it is not.
I love how someone (the paid bumper?) bumps an old thread, and suddenly people post as if they're talking to the OP, who may have died or left the DL in the interim.
He ate too much
What r30 said -- note spicy foods are from warm places. Before refrigerators, meat would get rancid quick but hot spices would cover the fact (and the taste).
People that have a boring or limited diet tend to eat spicier food, especially in colder months where there is limited fresh produce. Hot peppers provide a potent source of Vitamin C and other badly needed nutrients. Scientific studies also verify that those eating hot food eat far less of it, and consequently loose weight.
Here in America, we eat fresh foods everyday.
It is even worse in Canada.
Hot and spicy foods have been inflicted upon us by celebrity chefs who don't know how to cook. They make their concoctions hot and spicy to the point of being indigestible and act as if it's your fault if you don't appreciate the slop they've prepared.
No homo sapien would eat capsaicin unless forced to.
If you like spicey foods, it means your mother worked really, really hard to feed you.
Think of that before you criticize her.
R37, can I drop you on Food Network like Truman dropped the bomb on Japan?
Love hot and spicy food. The more your eat it the more you will like it.
I don't like all my food spicy, but I do enjoy it in some cases.
I find some heat really enhances all the other flavors in many Thai dishes. I like some spice when I eat Mexican food, too.
"I never understood the point of having foods so blazingly, hot that your tongue is seared?"
That's how we're using commas now?
I'll take some spicy food over bad grammar, please
Don't eat dead cheese and don't eat live women.
If the food is funky, sprinkle it with peppers.
If you're friend is funky, give me some chilies
LOL What a cheeseball question R26! DL you never disappoint. Thank you.
If I eat very spicy food my ass burns when I poo. So I'm sure it could be burn if you rim a bottom who has a) eaten spicy food and b) not cleaned his hole out well. Not that I would know since I rim very selectively and it's usually guys who are bland in every way. Yeah I know, there's just my type.
Give me chilies or give me death!
As I've gotten older I find that I like my food spicier with chilies.
I described this phenomenon to age-related taste bud fatigue.
so is spicy food good or bad for arthritis? I've heard generally spicy food is good for your overall health.
a true delight for ALL the senses!
Most foods taste bland to me if it's not spicy. Maybe it's like a drug because it strongly stimulates many senses while eating. Depending on how hot it is it will make your mouth water, eyes run etc. After awhile you need the spice to get that desired kick to a meal. But of course as your taste get used to a certain level of hotness you have to up it.
I started with just the crushed red peppers, then jalapenos, then whole cayenne peppers, now I have to have habaneros. And my new favorite is this meal from a Thai restaurant called Ghost Chili Chicken it uses the Ghost pepper, the hottest in the world. I have to get this takeout because it's way to hot to eat all of it in one sitting.
Spicy food is actually addictive for some people. It's releases chemicals in the brain that make you crave it. My Mom spent the first years of her life living in India because her Dad was in the army, so it became second nature to her and then her kids to eat hot food. Fabulous when you have a cold too. The hotter, the better.
I heard and read that hot spices and peppers are very healthy but I can't take them. Not only do they kill my stomach but make my tongue swell up with welts all over it so much so that I can't speak clearly.
It seems to me most of the chefs on TV like things hot with tons of hot peppers. It just seems odd to me that almost every one of them goes on about how much they like hot spicy foods, like it's a qualification.
[quote]Not only do they kill my stomach but make my tongue swell up with welts all over it so much so that I can't speak clearly.
There are levels of heat, hon. "Spicy" is not an all or nothing thing.
I'm talking about even the mildest of spice or one of the least hot of the hot peppers, a poblano chili pepper or a pinch of cayenne pepper in something or the red pepper flakes like the kind you find in pizza places. I've never even gone near a really hot pepper after seeing my reaction to the ones most people consider mild. For instance, I cannot do Buffalo wings or any hot sauce. I've tried the mildly hot things with dairy like milk, yogurt and sour cream and they still bother me a lot.
I was once in a coffee shop with friends for breakfast. We ordered the egg special that came with home fries. It seemed that at this restaurant they use a bit of jalapenos in the potatoes. They didn't even taste hot so I was eating them but sure enough my tongue started to get swollen to where the others had a hard time understanding me. That was when I asked the server and sure enough what I thought was green bell pepper which is usually in home fries was jalapenos. No I ask when I order anything that might have anything hot or spicy in it. Heck, these days they are putting hot peppers in ice cream so I pretty much ask about anything.
Oh and for some odd reason the only other food that does this to me is hummus. I've made it at home so I know there are no peppers or spices in it and it still happens so I figure I'm either allergic to chick peas or sesame seeds.
Sucks to be you, r56.
Can I have your fries, hummus, hot wings, etc.?
LOL! Be my guest R57. As my grandmother would have said, not having those things in life should be the worst thing to ever happens to me.
R57, I'll take some of that too!
It's the sensation of it.
There's hot and then there's "can't taste the food" hot.
I have "hot mouth" but not "I hate my mouth."
I'm Sandra Sotomayor, and I approve this thread.
I love it HOT
[quote]Does it burn when you rim a guy who eats a lot of very spicy food?
Remember when the Osbornes had a reality show?
Sharon once told Kelly that on one occasion, Sharon and Ozzy ate some spicy curry and then began fooling around, and when she began giving Ozzy head, he found it painful due to he lingering spiciness in her mouth!
Nobody on DL is a "paid bumper", idiot R32!
I like spicy food but there's a limit--I can only take sriracha in small amounts and much prefer the chili garlic sauce made by the same company (rooster). I had a hippie-ish boyfriend who claimed chiles were physically and spiritually cleansing. I'd watch while he'd chew on a scotch bonnet and turn bright red, sweat, snot and tears streaming down his face. It was like his face was liquifying in protest but he claimed the secretions were toxins leaving his body.
I really think most of the people who say, "I can't eat spicy food!" could be proven abject liars if the alternative was starvation.
I think they would be amazed at how readily there gut accepts spicy foods in that situation.
R67, he was correct, also their is an endorphin rush. Chilies are the secret to success in life
If you were a chili pepper, what kind would you be?
A cayenne -- useful in so many situations.
Capsaicin curbs your appetite.
I'm eating spicy food as I type this
Monday, it's a day for hot chilies!!
Spicey BBQ for the Fourth!
R5 pages 2-3 in the linked article discuss the effect of Nightshade Plant foods on arthritis. This is the publication of the Arthritis Foundation. Interesting studies are discussed concerning potato and tomato.
A Texas police official got in trouble for saying that using Pepper Spray on Mexicans was ineffective because their bodies were accustomed to spices. Truth be told, he's right.
Counterintuitive, but I've read that spicy foods are good for avoiding GERD.
R80 I've been on 2 antibiotics for Lyme Disease for a month now with 2 weeks still to go. Doxycycline, for one, is murder on the stomach. Probiotics & Prilosec are also prescribed by the Dr. Though I take them consistently, they are meh for greater stomach comfort.
Intermittently I've been eating Aleppo Pepper sprinkled on foods, fresh ginger, curry spice mixes I concoct myself, and I always feel better once the hot peppery stuff is in my system. Though I like moderately hot & spicy foods only from time to time, I've always believed that hot pepper (and fresh ginger root) is a good anti-inflammatory and settles the stomach. Now I'm a total believer.
R67, toxins do not leave the body through sweat, snot, or tears. The liver is responsible for removing toxins, and they come out in feces.