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Spicy food is the choice of almost everyone, from children to adults. Everyone is fond of eating oily and spicy food since years ago until now because of its yummy look and taste. However, do not you know that it has bad effects for our body beside its appetizing taste? Someone can experience stomach problems or other conditions if the meal is a bit too fiery. Furthermore, constantly eating spicy food can have permanent negative effects for our body; they are stomach problems, burning sensation on skin, taste buds deterioration, and insomnia.

Having stomach problems is one of negative effects from eating spicy food. Not only to the stomach, chili peppers in the spicy food’s ingredient, produce burning sensation on the skin and mucous membranes. It includes the inside of the mouth that may cause blistering of the lips, tongue, and palate due to an active substance called “kapsiasin” in the chilies and peppers. Even the stomach will feel like burning after eating spicy food. The feeling of burn will be able to make the stomach feels sore or painful. The effect because of the pain in the stomach will make someone has less desire eating or doing something.

One respondent said, “After eating too much ‘rujak’ that contains more than ten chilies in it, my whole mouth including lips, tongue, palate, and also my throat are burnt. More importantly, my stomach feels like there is fire in it. Therefore, I need to extinguish it by drinking more than five glass of water. However, I am not deterred from eating spicy food because it is very delicious.”

That is just a small effect about the stomach problem, there is even worse. Another respondent said that when she ate “bakso”, she felt her stomach was shaking because she put more than three spoonfuls of “sambal” in it. Because of burning sensation she felt in her mouth and her stomach, she did not have any desire to do or eat anything because she got stomach upset. The next day, she had diarrhea and it happened for about two days. Hence, that was the last time she ate any spicy foods. Both her parents and she did not want that incident happen again.

The worst also occurred to one who has digestion disorder. Heni, who has this illness, said that her stomach is very sensitive of spicy food beside being stressful. She once ate something fiery, and then her stomach felt so painful and sore because of it. When she checked to a doctor, he said that she is not allowed to eat anything spicy because it can worsen the condition of her stomach. Besides, she has stomach infection because of the ulcer on it.

Another problem from eating too much spicy food is taste buds deterioration. Constantly eating hot and spicy food can permanently reduce the sensation of taste and sense at the tongue. Most people assure others that they will get used to the burning of chili peppers. It is true, people do feel less scorching after years of spicy abuse, but not because the tongue gets “used” to the sensation. Over time, the taste buds will wear out, make this reduced sensation nothing more, and there will be no sense on the tongue at all. It is no different from people getting “used” to loud music in clubs. In both cases, the ears and the tongue will suffer permanent deterioration.

One of university student in UMM might get this deterioration on her taste buds because of spicy food. Since she was seven years old, she never has meals without having “sambal” with it that is so spicy. Even if she did not have it, she would get any chilies she had. She said that she could not eat without any spicy in her food. Although the “sambal” tastes very spicy for others, she did not say so. It could be that her taste buds are reducing the sense of fiery food because she could not sensitively taste the hot sensation of spicy food any longer.

Nobody will think that eating spicy food can cause insomnia. It is hard to believe, but that is true. Insomnia is another bad effect of fiery food. It is bad for sleep because of the simple reason that spicy food raises body temperature. If someone consumes something fiery before going to bed, it can disrupt sleep because the body is particularly sensitive to hot food.

One respondent said, “I used to eat snack before I went to bed. At that night, I just found a pack of snack that is very spicy. After eating it, I wanted to go to bed because I was full and it was getting late. In spite of this, I just could not sleep instantly as usual. I was sweating and I felt hot on my body. I took two hours getting to sleep. Then I realized that it happened due to that snack. Thus, I did not consume spicy snack again before going to bed ever since.”

Spicy food is very delicious regardless of its bad effects, so that is why many people like eating it. In Indonesia, do not be surprised if you find people use chilies as their main menu for the meals every day, as “sambal” or even as vegetables. Even though spicy foods are scrumptious, we should be more careful not to eat too much because it can jeopardize our body. It can cause some serious illnesses and other bad effects. Stomach problems, burning sensation on skin, taste buds deterioration, and insomnia are some of them. Therefore, for all spicy food lovers, please consider meticulously more about your health before eating your favorite food for now on or just do not eat too much in order not to harm your own body.


In the jungle that is far away from village and society, there is an animal kingdom. The name is Green Jungle, and it is the most beautiful and the gratest jungle in the world. There are a lot of animals in the jungle, there are lions, elephants, giraffes, tigers, zebras, horses, turtles, and other animals. Almost all kinds of animals live there. In center of the jungle, there is a big lake that a river from The Jungle Mountain goes through the lake, so that there are so much fish live in it as food for animals. Although the dry season comes every year, but the lake is never dry. And when the rainy season comes, the lake never causes flood. That is a wonderful thing that the lake always bring happiness to all of the animals who live in the jungle and the lake never causes disaster for them. All the animals keep the jungle in peace although they consist of different kinds of animals and there is no battle ever happen there.

In the jungle, there is a strong lion who feels that he is the strongest animal there. His name is Leo. Actually, he is a kind lion and always helps other animals if they have some problems although he often uses violance to solve the problems. But sometimes, he is arrogant and he likes to shows his strenght to other animals by destroying some trees around him. It makes them feel annoyed. So that, they are seldom with him because of his bad attitude.

There is also a turtle who lives near the lake. His name is Tito. He is very kind to other animals. Athough he is small, he walks slowly and he is  different from Leo, but he is smart. He can also cure some illnesses too by using leaves that he gets from some plants in the jungle and he is the only one who can do it. So that, they call him as the doctor of the jungle. All animals in the jungle usually go to Tito if they feel sick so Tito can cure their illness. He can also help them to solve their problem without using violance because he is very weak to do that. Many animals come to see him to ask his advise of their problem because they cannot stand with Leo’s suggestions. Surely, it makes Leo jealous because Tito who just a weak turtle, have more friends than himself and almost all animals ask Tito to solve their problems than to Leo. He is the only animal that does not make a friend with Tito and he hates Tito very much.

Every year, in the first month of dry season, they usually held a ceremony to choose a new king of the jungle. They choose the new king by voting. The requirements of becoming a new king are strong enough, smart, wise, efford to keep The Green Jungle in peace, and can solve the problems without using violance. Of course, Leo nominate himself to be the king. He invites his friends such as lions, tigers, jaguars, and the others to choose him as the next king after The Wise King Elephant, Lindan. On the other hand, Tito’s friends nominate him as the next king too. Actually, Tito does not agree if he is nominated as the next king  because he thinks that he is not strong enough to be a leader. But, they make him sure that he can do it because he is smart and can solve their problem wisely. Because his friends support him, he agrees to be the nominee of the next king. Leo knows that and he attempts to stir up the others animals in the jungle that Tito is not appropriate as the next king because he is not strong enough to be a king. How can a weak turtle like Tito will be the king of the greatest jungle.

And the election day comes. All animals have to choose the next king. Apparently, most of them choose Tito as a king. It makes Leo disappointed and tell them that it is not fair. He cannot accept it.

“He just a turtle! How can he lead this jungle by his weak and small body. It cannot be. This is impossible. He cannot afford it. But I can do it. I will be the new king,” shouts Leo loudly.

All animals whisper with their flocks. They think that Leo is going crazy because he is defeated by Tito. Then, The Wise King Lindan says.

“I know that Tito is not as strong as you, Leo. But he is smart, wise, and he is capable to cure illnesses. Not only that, he can also solve the problems without using violance, unlike you,” says King Lindan.

Leo becomes silent. King Lindan is right. He realises that he usually uses violance to solve the problems for their friends. It means that he is not wise enough to be a king. King Lindan’s statement is embarrassing Leo. But suddenly, Tito speak up in front of them.

“I think, Leo is right. Although I am wise as King Lindan says, but I am not strong enough to lead all of you if something happen to this jungle. So, I think, Leo is more capable than me to be the king of this jungle,” explains Tito.

After Leo listens what Tito says, he feels very guilty because he hates Tito very much. But apparently, Tito wants him to be a king.

“Tito, I am so sorry because I hate you and try to not let you to be the king,” regrets Leo. “But you are very kind to me. You deserve this honor, to be the king of the Green Jungle,” says Leo without hesitant.

Suddenly, King Lindan declares.

“I think, I have to make a wise decision for this. Tito and Leo are right. Leo is strong enough to be the king. And Tito is wise and smart to be the king too. But, there is only one king in this jungle. So, I decide to choose Leo as the new king of Green Jungle and Tito as the counsellor. Well, who agree with this, say ‘Aye’!” said King Lindan clearly.

Then, without any doubt, all the animals say aye together. And King Lindan gives his crown to Leo, the new king of Green Jungle, and he gives a smaller crown to Tito as a symbol that he is the counsellor. Both of them lead and organize the jungle peacefully.


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