How the world’s hottest chilli caused a rare brain disorder

Never-before-seen case serves as a warning to hot-food aficionados

No amount of milk was going to soothe the side effects this man experienced after eating the world’s hottest chilli pepper — the Carolina Reaper.


The 34-year-old landed himself in hospital days after taking part in a hot-pepper-eating contest in New York, where he consumed just one of the chillies, averaging a scorching 1.5 million Scoville units.

He reported immediately dry heaving after eating the pepper followed by the development of intense head and neck pain, according to BMJ Case Reports.

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