Can spicy foods cause stomach ulcers?

Did you know it is a common health myth that spicy foods cause ulcers? It’s true! One of the most common causes of ulcers is a bacteria called H. Pylori. Another common reason people get ulcers is from medication. Taking things such as ibuprofen (on a regular basis) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (medication that reduces pain, decreases fever, prevents blood clots, and in higher doses, decreases inflammation) can also cause ulcers.

So what does spicy food have to do with it? Nothing! As a matter of fact, some doctors say that eating spicy foods may actually help with ulcers. It’s a known fact that capsaicin, the “heat” in peppers, inhibits the production of stomach acid, that same acid that often aggravates your ulcer.

Doctors finally put the old wive’s tale to rest when studies showed that spicy foods don’t cause ulcers, but for some, they can irritate existing ulcers. While there is no evidence that spicy foods cause stomach ulcers, doctors do say that if you experience discomfort from eating things like hot peppers, then it’s probably best to avoid them in your diet.