Carolina Reaper Pepper Can Cause Brain Damage
Something that happened to a contestant in a hot-pepper-eating contest might give spicy food lovers one more reason to “fear the reaper”. And these types of Fire-In-Mouth contests may soon be a thing of the past.
A 34-year-old man who has not been identified, experienced a series of intense headaches and dry heaving after eating a Carolina Reaper during the contest in New York The Carolina Reaper is reportedly the hottest pepper in the world.
When the patient arrived at the hospital, physicians were not positive what had caused his symptoms. The man did not have any neurological deficits such as slurred speech, muscle weakness or vision loss that would have indicated a stroke. CT imaging also ruled out a blood clot or bleeding in one of the large blood vessels supplying the brain.
But a CT angiogram of the brain’s blood vessels did reveal something unusual: a substantial narrowing of the left internal carotid artery and four other blood vessels supplying the brain.
RCVS is typically characterized by an intense “thunderclap” headache due to constriction of blood vessels in the brain and usually resolves within a few days or weeks. It is normally associated with certain medications, such as ergotamine or triptans, and illicit drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines — not peppers.
Needless to say, if eating crazy-hot peppers is causing people’s brains to show symptoms similar to drug overdoses, maybe it’s time to re-think consuming these ridiculously hot veggies.
Greg Foster of Irvine, California, holds the Guiness World Record for Carolina Reaper eating. He achieved this accomplishment by consuming 120 grams of the pepper in 60 seconds at the Arizona Hot Sauce Expo in November 2016.Whatever happened to just arm wrestling?