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The UK’s largest producer of chilies has said consumers have no need to be concerned about the world’s hottest pepper as long as it is eaten “correctly” after it emerged that a man was hospitalized after taking part in an eating competition.
Salvatore Genovese, who grows the Carolina reaper on his seven-acre farm in Bedfordshire called Love My Chillies, told Sky News: “I’m not a doctor or a scientist – I’m a chilli grower. We grow them, pack them, and sell them.
“We have sold, in the past couple of years or so, over half a million Carolina reapers and I have never had any knowledge or any complaint of anyone having to be hospitalized.”
It is important to note that the article goes on to state the following:
His response comes after doctors warned of the medical effects of eating mega-hot chillies competitively following a British Medical Journal report which highlighted the case of man in the US who had taken on the Carolina reaper in an eating contest.
Health professionals found that arteries in the 34-year-old’s brain had temporarily constricted, causing neck and head pain, including so-called “thunderclap” headaches.
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