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Old 11-02-2009, 02:58 AM   #1
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Can too much cayenne pepper/chili cause food intolerances?

This could be a stab in the dark, but has anyone ever heard of the above making people more sensitive to certain foods and them developing allergies/intolerances as a result?

I discovered these spices a couple of years ago and have added them to almost everything since. I'm now very sensitive to wheat, artificial additives, tomatoes, MSG, aspartame etc and was wondering if there's any connection.

 
Old 11-02-2009, 11:52 AM   #2
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Re: Can too much cayenne pepper/chili cause food intolerances?

I throw hot sauce on just about everything except breakfast (and on breakfast when I'm in India). Haven't heard of it causing allergies, but my mother has a friend who always went for the hottest, spiciest food and ended up losing her sense of taste. So, I try to use moderation.

If it were a general problem, I'd think that people in ethnic groups with highly spicy foods would have a lot of allergies. Everyone's body chemistry is a little different, though- you never know.

 
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:06 AM   #3
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Re: Can too much cayenne pepper/chili cause food intolerances?

Interesting, thanks for the reply. I'll add this to my ever-growing list of things to eliminate from my diet and see if anything changes.

I would have done this a long time ago except for the fact that it's recommended for people who suffer from migraine and circulatory problems.

My diet is so limited at the moment I'd hate to make things worse by numbing my taste buds so it might be worth giving up the hot stuff for good. I think it's become as much of a habit as a preference/craving. I really don't know why I'd want everything to taste the same anyway.

 
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