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Here’s a great video from Ted Ed about the Science of Spiciness and exactly what happens within our mouth when we eat spicy foods.
Why does it feel like your mouth is on fire when you eat spicy food and just how the levels of spice are scientifically measured.
The interesting thing is that you mouth does actually think it’s burning when you eat spicy ingredients, there’s also an explanation as to why the spice associated with black pepper is so different to the spice of something like wasabi.
It’s a great video and manages to fit in some serious science in a very accessible way. Enjoy!