Eating Carolina Reaper: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat a Carolina Reaper, you will suffer from intense pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms, as it contains capsaicin, a chemical that activates the pain receptors and causes inflammation.

A Carolina Reaper is a hybrid chili pepper that is considered the hottest pepper in the world, with a heat of 1,641,183 Scoville heat units on average.

It was developed by American breeder Ed Currie and is a cross between a red habanero and a Pakistani Naga Viper pepper.

If you accidentally eat a Carolina Reaper, you will experience a severe burning sensation in your mouth, throat, and stomach, as well as other symptoms such as sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing.

You may also feel dizzy, faint, or have a panic attack.

The pain can last for several hours or even days.

This is because it contains capsaicin, a chemical compound that activates the pain receptors in your body and makes you feel hot.

Capsaicin is also a neurotoxin that can damage your nerve endings and cause inflammation.

Capsaicin can have some positive effects, such as boosting your metabolism, reducing your appetite, and relieving pain, but only in small doses and under medical supervision.

In large doses, capsaicin can cause serious harm to your health, such as ulcers, bleeding, allergic reactions, and even death.

It is quite uncommon to eat a Carolina Reaper accidentally, as most people are aware of its extreme spiciness and avoid it.

However, some people may eat it as a challenge, a prank, or a mistake.

For example, you may confuse it with a milder pepper, or someone may add it to your food without your knowledge.

You can try to ease the pain by drinking milk, yogurt, or ice cream, as they contain casein, a protein that can bind to capsaicin and wash it away.

You can also take antacids, painkillers, or anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the stomach irritation and inflammation.

However, you should avoid drinking water, alcohol, or soda, as they can spread the capsaicin and make the pain worse.

To avoid accidental eating, you should always check the label and ingredients of any food that contains chili peppers, and ask for the spiciness level before ordering or eating.

You should also wear gloves and goggles when handling or cooking with Carolina Reapers, and wash your hands and utensils thoroughly afterwards.

Never touch your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching a Carolina Reaper, as it can cause severe irritation.

Finally, remember, a Carolina Reaper is not a food, but a weapon.

It is not meant to be eaten, but to be used with caution and respect.

If you ever decide to try it, be prepared for the consequences and seek medical help if needed.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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