Avoiding spicy foods is not the same as avoiding spices. For example, there are 'non-spicy' spices in ice cream (vanilla), donuts (cassia or cinnamon), tomato sauce (allspice), cheesecake (nutmeg) and doner kebabs (sumac). Spices with 'hot' tastes, which are to be avoided for some conditions, include chili, pepper, or horseradish. It is easy to avoid these and still have wonderfully flavorful food.
Adverse reactions to spicy foods include:
Those suffering from the following medical conditions should avoid spicy foods:
Sensitivity of the mouth to hot or spicy foods can result from lichen planus. Eliminate spicy or acidic foods if they worsen symptoms.
Avoid spicy foods or citrus fruits as these can aggravate inflammation in the gullet.
Avoid spicy foods or acidic foods such as orange juice.
A 2003 survey by the National Rosacea Society has identified a broad range of hot spicy foods that often trigger or aggravate Rosacea. In the survey of more than 500 rosacea patients, published in Rosacea Review, 61% of those affected by spicy foods listed hot peppers as a trigger for their rosacea signs and symptoms; 52% listed Mexican-style foods; 47% chili and 46% salsa.
A "moderate" diet is best in coping with psoriasis, without an excess of rich, fatty, starchy or spicy foods, or alcohol.
Spicy foods can raise body temperature, which makes it harder to sleep and reduces the quality of sleep.
Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine discovered an increased rate of stomach cancer among those who consumed one or more chili peppers a day, compared to those who did not.
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