First off, great web site! My question is this: Is there any evidence, clinical or anecdotal, of ill effects from a diet rich in very, very hot food? Some people have told me that eating too much spicy food (what’s too much?) can increase the risk of stomach or other gastrointestinal cancers. Is there any evidence of that, or of other ailments caused by eating really hot stuff 4 to 5 times a week?
The simple answer is no, there is no evidence that spicy food will harm you in any way. The rumors that chiles cause heartburn, ulcers, cancers, and other stomach problems are false.