We have all heard of the dangers of caffeine and alcohol, but what about the health risks associated with many different types of spices?
According to a new study published in the Journal of Food Safety, the consumption of spicy, sweet and nutty spices are associated with a higher risk of death, a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease.
In this article, we explore some of the major health concerns related to spice use in the United States.
We’ve already covered a few of the most common spice-related conditions in the US, but a new article published in Food Safety describes how spices can be especially deadly when consumed in high quantities.
“Our study shows that people with gastroesocolitis and people with chronic gastroesitis have higher rates of deaths related to spicy food, especially nuts, as compared to the general population,” says lead author, Roberta Czaja, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“People who eat spicy foods are more likely to develop chronic gastroecitis, and these patients are more prone to die due to gastroesology, including reflux and heart failure.”
The researchers found that people who drank spicy food were nearly twice as likely to die from reflux, as they were from chronic gastro esophageales.
“There is a lot of variation in the amount of spice consumed in the U.S., and that varies with how spicy it is,” says Czajas research associate, Jennifer St. Pierre.
“The average amount of spices consumed is about 20 grams of dried spices per person per day, and the average person who eats spicy foods daily, that’s about 20 to 40 grams of spices,” she adds.
“So if you’re consuming 10 grams of spicy food per day and your reflux rate is 40 percent, then you’re eating up to 1.6 grams of fresh spice every day, per person.
That’s not a healthy amount of spicy spices.”
This is a serious concern, and it is not a new finding.
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study on the health effects of spicy foods, which concluded that the consumption was associated with “a wide range of chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, hypertension, cancer, and stroke.”
“Spices are not the only spice to be at risk of causing a serious illness or death,” says St.
“People who drink spicy food can also have heart attacks, strokes, and even kidney problems.”
A common response from people with these conditions is to cut back on spice intake.
This can make sense in the context of an individual’s ability to control their intake.
However, the study found that there was no significant difference between the two groups.
According to the CDC, “Spices and spice products can be highly volatile, and they can burn the esophagus, throat, and lungs.
The most common cause of death from esophagitis and other related chronic diseases is cardiovascular disease.””
So, people who are able to reduce the spice intake, but who still eat a lot and smoke a lot, are more susceptible to developing esophagi, and then other chronic diseases that can have serious consequences,” says Dr. David Ludwig, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins.