Myth #7: Spicy foods will thin your stomach lining
Those drunken noodles might feel like they’re burning a hole through your mouth, but your stomach is clear. As with ulcers, the thinning of stomach lining is caused by H. pylori, or, in some cases, by the long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs you may know better as plain ole ibuprofen. So, if you’re experiencing an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach, rest assured your Chipotle habit is safe.
Myth #8: Spicy food is addictive
You know the feeling. You bite into a spicy wing, tear off the meat in one rip, give it two solid chews, and are into your second piece before you've even fully swallowed the first. Two, three, nine pieces follow, and you feel yourself spiraling into a deep, sticky hole of Louisiana-style hot-sauce addiction.
Welp, snap yourself back to bland reality, because spicy-food addiction is not real. According to Science in Society, a Northwestern University publication, "Although you can come to crave spicy foods, your body will not develop a dependence on them like you would to truly addicting molecules like caffeine or nicotine." The closest you'll come to developing a chemical relationship with spicy foods might be with the endorphins and sense of euphoria that the pain signals trigger.