Why People Love Hot Peppers
Not everyone can tolerate hot peppers. Jalapenos are an acquired taste and people with heartburn or other digestive problems may find they aggravate their condition, although there is also some indication that capsaicin may help relieve other types of gastrointestinal problems. The heat in a jalapeno or other pepper is mostly contained in the soft white membrane inside the pepper. If you cook with hot peppers, do not touch this membrane with your bare hands (it’s best to wear disposable gloves when working with hot peppers) because touching the eyes or nose afterward will produce memorably unpleasant effects.
Why do some people seem to love hot peppers? They are known to produce a rush of pleasurable endorphins, so there is a “fun factor” to eating them, at least to those who consume them regularly. Furthermore, you can get used to eating hot peppers to the point that you enjoy their flavor and are not shocked by their heat. In many parts of the world, hot peppers are a normal part of everyday meal time and people like their dishes spicy hot. If you’re a hot pepper beginner, they may be worth a second look. Start small—get some pickled jalapenos from the grocery store and try to munch with other food. Note that if you get that painful burn in your mouth from the hot pepper …
· Water does not help.
· It will go away on its own. It takes minutes.
· You will eventually get used to eating hot peppers if you keep doing it.
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