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  • Whether it's a jalapeno, a serrano, or even the infamous ghost pepper, we all have a heat threshold or level of spiciness that we can tolerate.

  • But can anyone handle the Carolina Reaper?

  • And what would happen if you ate it?

  • The Carolina Reaper, a hybrid pepper specifically bred to be as hot as possible, is the current record holder for hottest pepper in the world.

  • The Scoville heat scale is used to measure the spiciness of peppers.

  • To put things in perspective, a jalapeno comes in at around eight thousand units.

  • A habanero is a blistering three hundred and fifty thousand units, while a Carolina Reaper tops the scale at a whopping two point two million units!

  • So what happens when you eat a pepper this spicy?

  • First, the high concentration of capsaicin, the chemical that causes spiciness in peppers, binds to a nerve receptor in your mouth.

  • This triggers an intense and extremely painful burning sensation.

  • Obviously there's no actual heat emanating from the pepper.

  • But your brain is tricked into thinking that your mouth is on fire, and that you're burning up!

  • And since the brain believes you're overheating, it immediately takes corrective action to flush out the toxin.

  • You'll experience extreme sweating, accompanied by crying eyes and a runny nose.

  • You might think it would get better once you start to digest the pepper, but you'd be wrong!

  • The pepper continues to wreak havoc on your insides, resulting in severe pain and nausea that can last for up to eight hours!

  • And while it won't kill you, or cause any permanent damage, there's not much you can do at that point but suffer, and wait it out.

  • Keep in mind.

  • You can alleviate some of the painful burning in your mouth by drinking milk which contains casein, a protein that neutralizes the pepper's capsaicin.

  • So think long and hard before biting into one of those super spicy peppers.

  • This bear is just going to have to stick to bell peppers for now.

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Whether it's a jalapeno, a serrano, or even the infamous ghost pepper, we all have a heat threshold or level of spiciness that we can tolerate.

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What If You Ate the Hottest Pepper?

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    Annie Chien posted on 2019/08/19
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