Is it due to some physical abnormality?

peeper eater boy - this 20 months old guy eats chilly
India
November 27, 2010 1:52am CST
See the picture of this 20-month-old Naaman Amer, from the city of Nablus, West Bank enjoys eating hot peppers and is considered the world’s youngest pepper eater. The young Palestinian boy has been gobbling down green peppers since he was just 14 months old, and his parents are quite proud of his appetite for the throat-burning veggies. Naaman eats them at every meal, and so far he hasn’t had any health issues, but I still think it’s pretty weird for a boy this young to eat so many hot peppers. We Indians are fond of peppers, spices. I like green chilly pickles with food. It is home made from green chilly in lemon juice and salt, no preservatives added, stays for 2 months or more. Are you fond of chilly and spices? I also like green chilly fried in oil and salt sprinkled over it. Let me tell you, if you fry green chilly in oil, its hotness becomes less, but if you fry red chilly in oil its hotness increases.Professor
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14 responses
@ajett1 (65)
• United States
28 Nov 10
this is purely a cultural thing in countries like the US and places in Western Europe people wouldn't dream of giving a child that small peppers but in the Middle East or in Latin America peppers are a staple to their diet I don't think that genetics make the babies less likely to get sick or anything it is just that they are exposed to it at an earlier age.
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• India
1 Dec 10
Welcome ajett I am afraid this boy may have problems later.. Thank you so much for response. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
28 Nov 10
ATTENTION, EVERYONE: Just for the record, the food is spelled "chili." The temperature is "chilly," meaning a bit too cool for one's liking. In my opinion, chilly chili tastes bad. Chili is better when warmed on the fire, & is also a bit peppery. Oh, & let's not confuse "chilly" or "chili" with "Chile" (CHEE-lay), the South American country. Okay. Miss Grammer Grundy is off, now. Resume posting! Maggiepie "Know the rules first. Then learn when to break them!" ~ C. Crouch, SF writer, article writer, & poet
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• India
1 Dec 10
Thank you so much for the deatailed response and the analysis. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
28 Nov 10
We are used to a variety of food here including chilly and spices. I don't mind not having them for a day or two. But this young boy...oh my god!
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• India
1 Dec 10
Too much of spices, chilly is bad lol.. Thank you so much. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
dear professor, like all else, "everything should be in moderation". eating too much of that would probably not hurt while one is young but the effects would appear when one gets older. its not good for people with hemorroid problems which usually stems from bad diet. i am not very fond of chili although there are some viands that we filipinos cook that would never become perfect without chili peppers or the long finger like type, like our paksiw na isda (fish cooked in vinegar and ginger roots), laing, sinigang, etc. have a nice day. ann
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• India
1 Dec 10
Anny dear, too much of any food or food ingredient is really bad, this is true for sugar, salt, spices, oils, i know your food has just the right quantity lol.. Thank you so much for detailed response. You reminded me of our eating together in your home. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
am very happy to get the best response mark. thank you ann
@dorannmwin (36696)
• United States
30 Nov 10
When I was a young child I wasn't really exposed to hot peppers and spicy foods so though I eat them now, it isn't something that I've done since I was a child. Now my 4-year-old son loves to eat salsa and most spicy things. There are some times that he will complain that things make his mouth hot, but that doesn't stop him from dipping in again and having some more of whatever it is that he was eating. I don't really think it is odd for a young child to enjoy spicy foods.
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• India
1 Dec 10
Don't give your son much of the hot stuff Dorann Thanks for response. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
• Canada
30 Nov 10
Im not sure what the reason would be that he enjoys these peppers so much. I wouldn't call it an abnormality, rather a strength, because it takes a lot to tolerate the taste of those peppers. Perhaps he was blessed with a strength (a good strong stomach for one thing!!!) that very few people have.
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• India
1 Dec 10
Might be some kind of 'abnormal' strength lol.. Thank you so much for response. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@Soniasony (1827)
• India
28 Nov 10
This is weird ..Most hot places in the world consume the spicest food ..may be this has turned extreme in this boys case ??
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• India
1 Dec 10
May be you are right Sonia, welcome to mylot and my discussions.. Thank you so much for sharing your opinion. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@johnpillai (2083)
• Germany
27 Nov 10
We love hot curries. there is no lunch without hot chilly powder in our home. here we can buy chilly powder in Asia shops. all are Indian made. My children don't eat hot foods. So I cook anything separately for them.
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• India
1 Dec 10
Glad to know you are able to get chilly in Germany.. Thank you so much for response Pillai madam. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@Hatley (159692)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Nov 10
professor wow a little boy eating all those hot peppers, makes my tunny cringe. I like to use herbs and spices in cooking but red and yellow or green chili peppers are way too spicy for my American stomach. I know lots of people are fond of chili peppers but I am not as they really hurt my stomach.but I love to cook with all sorts of herbs and spices.I use them in the place of salt as I have high blood pressure and these herbs and spices will not make my blood pressure soar. Also I l ove the wonderful flavors well selected herbs and spices gave to my home cooked meals. Now I have no way to cook as I am now living here in Gold Crest retirement center.We are fed whatever they feel like cooking and thus its hard to control my blood sugar on the diet they feed us here. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
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• India
1 Dec 10
Dear Hatley The cook at Gold Crest must be taking special care of you, following your recent illness, god bless you friend.. Thank you so much for sharing. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. Welcome always.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
27 Nov 10
hi bhuwanji, that is right,but some people will become like that,all are according to their luck and fate only,everything in our life will be ruled/decided by luck and fate only,it is other than Karma,so what ever karma in our account,we have to bear that,once again you have changed your avatar,so you are keeping an eye on all things,have a nice day
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• India
1 Dec 10
My dear Prasad I would request you to put your picture here for some days atleast, yes this pupil is watching my past, my present and my future, as per my karma.. Thank you so much for the nice words. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi Professor! I happen to like spicy foods, but within reason! I don't want them that hotwhere they're burning my throat. I like hot peppers in certain types of cooking like Chinese, Italian, Chili itself. I haven't really had the green chili, only the red and I know how hot they can be! So, like I said spicy, but in moderation, not like Naaman Amer!
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• India
1 Dec 10
Hi Opal By green chilly, i mean unripe chilly as you see the boy eating, when they ripe the color changes to red.. Thanks for response. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
• United States
27 Nov 10
My brother and I have been eating hot sauce and salsa since we were four years old and were find. We actually think that it made our intestines stronger.
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• India
1 Dec 10
Lol never knew, sauce and salsa make intestine stronger.. Thank you so much for telling. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
28 Nov 10
I can't believe that's healthy--for a child or an adult! This kid looks oddly colored, to me...sort of greenish. Of course, it could simply be bad photography, but I don't know... Maggiepie "Know the rules first. Then learn when to break them!" ~ C. Crouch, SF writer, article writer, & poet
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@fifileigh (3621)
• United States
10 Dec 10
it is probably a cultural thing. maybe his family grows it in their own garden and he grew up eating it all of his life. and palestinians dont have much in their area, and sometimes they have to eat whatever they have.