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Burn for spicy food? Here’s the science behind it | features

Jody Denton, a self-proclaimed “Chilihead,” conducted an experiment on his two young daughters, Ana and Olivia. Growing up, he cooked their meals just a little bit spicier than they wanted.

They would complain. He would apologize. But already at the next meal he would bring the heat.

What makes food spicy?

Spicy, not hot

Can I build up my spice tolerance?