Bad news for spice addicts: Chili numbs your taste buds to other flavors.
At the University of California , David Julius and his research team have been making some interesting discoveries involving tongue receptors and a substance contained in chili peppers. They found that this substance activates the same receptors that senses heat.
Have you ever noticed that when you eat hot chili it dulls the flavors of other things? In this Moment of Science we explain why that is.