Last week, the Kismot Indian restaurant in Edinburgh, Scotland, held a competition to eat the extra-hot Kismot Killer curry. Some of the competitive eaters were left writhing on the floor in agony, vomiting and fainting. According to reports, two British Red Cross workers overseeing the event at the restaurant became overwhelmed by the number of casualties and ambulances were called.
So what exactly are the health impacts of eating really hot chili peppers? Can eating too much of the spicy stuff kill you?