Beijing: A man has earned the nickname “Chilli King” for chomping down an eye-watering 2.5 kilos of chillies a day. Li Yongzhi has become a local hero for his amazing addiction to the red-hot peppers.
He loves them so much he grows eight different varieties in his own back yard in Zhengzhou, China.
His strange habit formed when he was a youngster when he says he could go without meat or eggs but could not do without spiciness.
“In the morning, other people always brush their teeth, but the first thing I do is eat chili and rinse my mouth with that,” reports Shanghaiist.
“If the food has no spiciness then it has no taste.” He eats his daily quota like snacks throughout the day. At one point it was all he ate.
Recalling the time his son was struck by a truck 10 years ago he said: “At that time, I would eat two bowls of chili peppers, drink some water, and then go right back to the hospital.”
And he says his strange eating habits are not down to having any super human powers.
“I just like to eat them, so I eat them.
“The hospital checked and they said that I am no different from anyone else.”