I have learned an important lesson. Or, rather, I have found myself combining smaller lessons into a previously unconsidered larger lesson. When it comes to spicy foods, I already knew the following three things:
- Exposure to capsaicin (the chemical that makes spicy foods spicy) builds a tolerance. Foods that were spicy a year ago are now mere little puffs of heat and the ante must be upped.
- The spicy bite you feel… you will feel twice. What goes in, must come out.
- The exception to rule #2 seems to be (in my experience), the artificial heat that comes off of snack foods.
So… how did these three things combine to form a grander revelation? Allow me to explain.
I’ve been hooked on First Degree Burn Doritos for a month or so now.
When I first tried them, they produced a significant amount of heat – I was in pain, but it was great. This product is a perfect example of rule #3. Over time, I developed a tolerance to the heat and now they are simply a delightful snack with a punch.
What I didn’t figure into the equation is that I had only developed a tolerance to my mouth. My anus is a whole different story (as is usually the case). Last night, I had a burger loaded with jalapeno peppers and fiery sauce… I wanted a serious burn and was left a little disappointed. Still, it was a good flavor and a good burger, overall. Little did I know just how spicy that burger had been until this morning on the toilet.
I think I may spend a few hours walking like a cowboy today. Ow.