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Pics From the Chinese Chili Eating Competition

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SCORES of fearless men and women took part in a Chinese chili chomping challenge – while sitting in vats of red-hot peppers.

The daredevil contestants stripped down to their shorts before leaping into the containers and trying to eat as much of the fiery food as they could manage in a minute.

The competition is held very year in Changsha, Hunan Province of China and the current record stands at 15 raw chilis in 60 seconds.

Most participants quit the contest due to the unbearable heat of just biting into the chilis.

Hundreds of spectators looked on as the locals battled it out to be crowned champion. 

The contestants’ faces went through a range of emotions as they struggled to maintain their composure when facing the extreme sensations.

Others are seen throwing in the towel and quickly dousing themselves with bottles of cold water.

However, a recent report in the Journal of Emergency Medicine might give these pepper-munching attention-seekers pause for thought after one chili-eating contestant was left with a hole in his throat.

The report gives the account of an unnamed 47-year-old American man who ate ‘ghost peppers’ as part of a contest.

Also known as the Bhut jolokia, a ghost pepper measures 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale, and is 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

For comparison, the more common Jalapeno pepper measures in at just 3500 Scovilles.

He was taken to hospital and, as medics investigated the cause of the pain, they found he was suffering from Boerhaave syndrom - or spontaneous esophageal rupture.

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