30 Bananas a Day!

My goal here is not to recommend eating this fruit or debating if the hot varietes are good for our health, even in their raw form. But it's just that I have observed a very interesting thing and I wanted to share it with you.


I ate a couple of days ago, a hot variety called Hatch Chile (grown in Hatch, New Mexico) as they are in season now.  I just chopped them with all the seeds and put them on top of my salad (they were really hot, hotter than Jalapenos - makes you feel alive!). I did it on purpose as I was curious of something I had remembered experiencing and as I did not eat a hot chile in a very long time.


Just to tell you that many years ago, I used to grow them myself. They always fascinated me and I could not find my favorite varieties fresh in the local markets. I was growing some of the hottest varieties on the planet and we were having "fun" by eating them raw - doing some contest with my sister especially and some friends, to know who could eat and tolerate them the most ;)


In case you don't know, they are "hot" because of a chemical called capsaicin.
Here is a bried description of capsaicin from wikipedia:

Capsaicin in capsicum
For more details on this topic, see Capsaicin.
The fruit of most species of Capsicum contains capsaicin (methyl vanillyl nonenamide), a lipophilic chemical that can produce a strong burning sensation in the mouth of the unaccustomed eater. Most mammals find this unpleasant, whereas birds are unaffected.[5][6] The secretion of capsaicin protects the fruit from consumption by mammals while the bright colors attract birds that will disperse the seeds.
Capsaicin is present in large quantities in the placental tissue (which holds the seeds), the internal membranes and, to a lesser extent, the other fleshy parts of the fruits of plants in the genus Capsicum. Contrary to popular belief, the seeds themselves do not produce any capsaicin, although the highest concentration of capsaicin can be found in the white pith around the seeds.[7]
The amount of capsaicin in the fruit of Capsicums is highly variable and dependent on genetics and environment, giving almost all types of Capsicums varied amounts of perceived heat. The only Capsicum without capsaicin is the bell pepper,[8] a cultivar of Capsicum annuum, which has a zero rating on the Scoville scale. The lack of capsaicin in bell peppers is due to a recessive gene that eliminates capsaicin and, consequently, the "hot" taste usually associated with the rest of the Capsicum family.[9]
Chili peppers are of great importance in Native American medicine, and capsaicin is used in modern medicine—mainly in topical medications—as a circulatory stimulant and analgesic. In more recent times, an aerosol extract of capsaicin, usually known as capsicum or pepper spray, has become widely used by police forces as a non-lethal means of incapacitating a person, and in a more widely dispersed form for riot control, or by individuals for personal defence.
Although black pepper and Sichuan pepper cause similar burning sensations, they are caused by different substances—piperine and hydroxy-alpha sanshool, respectively.

Now about my interesting observations.


1. While a SAD eater, I've started to experience severe abdominal pain several hours after consuming them. I mean, it was really bad, unbearable pain.


2. While vegan, they just digested perfectly with no abdominal pain whatsoever!



I think it has something to do with the fact that while eating junk (meat, fat, dairy, alcohol, drugs, etc), my intestinal track was inflamed or damaged at some degrees. Eating the capsicum containing the capsaisin (irritant substance) was just exposing my bad health now that I'm thinking about it!


Now as a vegan, my body can tolerate or digest them with no discomforts - indication that my intestinal track has been healed from all the years of abuse? That would be cool.


I am not planning to eat them on a regular basis, but I was really surprised and pleased to discover that I was able to eat a lot of a raw and very hot chile with no pain afterwards.


Now, I'll go back to my bananas and dates!



Views: 651


You need to be a member of 30 Bananas a Day! to add comments!

Join 30 Bananas a Day!

Comment by Discus Thrower on September 15, 2011 at 3:17pm

That could very well be it! Wrap in mucus, I did not think about that ...

Thanks a lot for sharing your experience ednshell.

Comment by ednshell on September 15, 2011 at 2:50pm

Ah well then 811 really is the miracle diet! ;)


I just remembered I have had a similar experience with eating a really high fat fried meal after being 100% 811 for about 8 weeks.  Amazingly, I had absolutely no side effects, my theory is that my body was able to effectively wrap it in mucus so it didn't get absorbed whatsoever, in other words it handled it like an emergency poisoning.

Comment by Discus Thrower on September 15, 2011 at 2:09pm

No burning on the way either! Ha!


Yeah, now I remember Dan talking about his ginger blast.

Maybe we should also ask Dan The Man as he is DA MAN for real :)

Comment by ednshell on September 14, 2011 at 6:27pm

I don't know, it seems to me if it burns on the outside, it will burn on the inside whether you can feel it or not.  Do you feel any burning when pooping them out? ;)  My theory is that your body is better able to handle them but it is still causing less than optimal digestion and that as you go along, you'll become more sensitive to the effects.

Man gets his @$$ kicked eating world's hottest chilli pepper


Yes, now let's get back to our bananas and dates! :D

Comment by Yogaranka on September 14, 2011 at 3:17pm
I think this is why Dan the Man can enjoy the daily lemon ginger blast with jalapeno ... he cleaned out his guts well.

30BaD Search

Latest Activity

Profile IconRachel Swart, Keira Ballein, AstridGray and 2 more joined 30 Bananas a Day!
11 hours ago
pradtf replied to pradtf's discussion great site with nutritional research information
19 hours ago
James Cherian and Alexis Claire are now friends
Alex Curtis-Slep posted a video

November 11th Fruitluck Montage

We had a nice group at Maximo Park for a Fruitluck! The weather in St. Pete was great and so was the fruit! Mangoes, golden kiwi, grapes and much more! If yo...
Ben Trovato posted videos
I'm 100% RAW:) and frugivore. posted a discussion
I'm 100% RAW:) and frugivore. replied to Sérgio Filipe Meireles Soares's discussion Fruit Diet doubt
Rawberry replied to Rawberry's discussion Poop like sand?
ednshell replied to Rawberry's discussion Poop like sand?
Rawberry posted a discussion
Ben Trovato posted videos
LRoland is now a member of 30 Bananas a Day!
Toby Nwazor is now a member of 30 Bananas a Day!
Nov 14
ednshell commented on Cassie K's blog post I grew a LOT of food this year on less land
Nov 14
ednshell commented on Plant Based Senior's video
Nov 14
Ben Trovato posted videos
Nov 14

© 2017   Created by TheBananaGirl.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service