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What happens to your brain & body when you eat spicy food.
Hot peppers trick your brain into thinking your mouth is on fire. But there's no real heat in a pepper. So, what's going on?
Chemical - Compound - Peppers - Capsaicin - Capsaicin
It's all about a chemical compound in peppers called capsaicin. Capsaicin binds to pain receptors on our nerves called TRPV1.
Normally, it reacts to heat by sending warning signals to the brain. Capsaicin causes TRPV1 to send those same signals. So, you react as if there's something hot in your mouth.
Body - Face
Your body tries to cool itself off. So, you start to sweat and your face turns red. At the...
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