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Watch Science Explain How Your Mouth Reacts to 'Spicy'

Why does your body sweat when eating spicy food? In this video by TED-Ed, an animated bean-human hybrid illustrates how polymodal nociceptors on the tongue essentially create a "fight or flight" response when they come into contact with spicy foods. (Narrator Rose Eveleth explains: "Your mouth feels like it's burning because your brain actually thinks it's burning.") The video also reveals how different foods, like peppers or wasabi, contain different capsaicins that move about your mouth/sinuses differently. Go, watch:

Video: The Science of Spiciness: Rose Eveleth

· The Science of Spiciness: Rose Eveleth [YouTube via LaughingSquid]
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