The science of spiciness

When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire — because that’s essentially what you’ve told your brain! Rose Eveleth details the science and history behind spicy foods, giving insights into why some people continue to pay the painful price for a little spice.

Lesson by Rose Eveleth, animation by Flaming Medusa Studios Inc.

Gerda Andersen

Gerda is an alumini of McGill University, and a freelance journalist. When she doesn't spend time with her two beautiful daughters, she can be found at your nearest Starbucks :)

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