Capsaicin is the chemical in peppers that provides that burn you know and love.
Eating spicy food six or seven days a week — even just once a day — lowered mortality rates by 14 percent, according to a large 2015 study by Harvard and China National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you're dousing your food in too much hot sauce—or you're eating entirely too many meals that are ultra-high in spice levels—you could be damaging your body as well.
According to one scientific study in the National Library of Medicine, capsaicin consumed in abundance can irritate the lining of your stomach after you eat it. The resulting symptoms of too much capsaicin include "nausea", "vomiting", "abdominal pain", and "burning diarrhea".
Rebecca Tung, MD, a Florida-based dermatologist said, "When spicy food creates inflammation in the gut—from an upset stomach, acid reflux, or other symptoms—sometimes this inflammation can also be seen on the skin with flushing, acne breakout, or even eczema."