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Kristen Hampton eats a 'Carolina Reaper,' the hottest pepper in the world

Ed Currie holds three Carolina Reaper peppers in Fort Mill S.C. Last month The Guinness Book of World Records decided Currie’s peppers were the hottest on Earth ending a more than four-year drive to prove no one grows Kristen Hampton eats a 'Carolina Reaper,' the hottest pepper in the world
Isabel Fisher | 10 April, 2018, 20:14

A FOODIE bit off more than he could chew by tackling the world's hottest chilli.

A team of doctors from NY and MI published details of an unusual medical case to the journal BMJ Case Reports this week and it reads like a culinary horror story. Researchers say the man suffered dry heaves immediately after consuming the Reaper-which scores an intimidating 1.6 million on the Scoville scale versus 5,000 for a jalapeno-and went to the emergency room a few days later because he was having very short but incredibly painful headaches.

The description continues: "He then developed intense neck and occipital head pain". The patient underwent a CT angiogram, which revealed a significant constriction and narrowing of blood vessels in his brain.

The doctors treating the man said: "Given the development of symptoms immediately after exposure to a known vasoactive substance, it is plausible that our patient had RCVS secondary to the Carolina Reaper". In addition to the onset of severe thunderclap headaches, which can last up to several weeks, RCVS is known to cause nausea, blurred vision, vomiting, confusion, and difficulty speaking.

Eating one of the world's hottest chillies can cause five weeks of headaches, scientists have warned after a man was hospitalised.

While there is no single cause, RCVS occurs when arteries in the brain constrict or narrow restricting bloodflow and increasing pressure.


If you eat a really hot pepper, you expect pain. It's not always clear what causes RCVS, but it can sometimes be due to unusual reactions to medications like serotonin reuptake inhibitors (which are antidepressants like Prozac or Zoloft) or illicit drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines. Reached by phone at the PuckerButt Pepper Co.in Fort Mill, S.C., the Reapers creator, Ed Currie, offered mixed advice on pepper consumption.

"People should be cautious about the effects of hot peppers", Gunasekaran said.

That's never been diagnosed after eating hot peppers before, but Turkish doctors have reported a heart attack in a young man who took cayenne pepper pills.

"Our patient's symptoms improved with supportive care, he had no further thunderclap headaches", the report said.

Effectively, the Scoville Scale reflects the concentration of capsaicin, a neuropeptide-releasing agent found in all members of the pepper family. It was, indeed, probably the reason he chose to tackle the fruit at a chilli-eating contest in the first place.

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