Curiosity180 – Episode 6

taste bud

Episode 6: Why do SPICY foods burn our mouth? 

Episode 6:  Each taste bud contains 50 to 100 taste receptor cells.  Some of which belong to a special class of vanilloid receptor called VR1 receptors.  It turns out that spicy foods contain an active ingredient called capsaicin that is able to bind onto and activate the VR1 receptors.

Ever wondered why drinking water while eating spicy food sometimes actually makes it worst? Why is it that milk or products that contain milk like ice cream and yogurt is so effective at relieving the spiciness sensation?  Well, found out in Episode 6!

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