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Something that characterizes most of the mexicans is the love we feel for him spicy, even if it makes us feel burning, tear or even sweat, we can’t help but eat it, but why? The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has a explanation and then we will tell you.
Why do we feel pain when eating spicy?
In many typical dishes mexicans is the touch spicy the one that gives it its special flavor, even when this involves some pain sensations, but why do we feel discomfort?
According to Tamara Rosenbaum Emir, a researcher at UNAM’s Institute of Cellular Physiology (IFC), when consuming spicy neurons open an ion channel called TRPV1, which is responsible for activating the pain when consuming something spicy. That is, its function is to notify us that something is wrong, an example of this is that we ate a lot spicy or something more serious, like we have some kind of cancer.
The researcher also clarified that although many people believe that the chili it is originally from Mexicois actually from South America, specifically between Bolivia and Brazil.
Why do we eat chili if it causes pain?
when eating spicy endorphin is released in our brain, they are the same ones that are released when we exercise, which make us feel happiness. For this reason it can be explained that a characteristic of the chili is that it is almost addictive, as commented by Tamara Rosenbaum.
However, as we mentioned earlier, our bodies are designed to detect changes in temperature (thermoperception) and pain (nociception), with the purpose of moving away from situations of danger or that can harm us, such as eat spicy in excess.
In fact there is a spiciness scaledesigned by scientist Wilbur Scoville, which determines how spicy the chili based on the amount of capsaicin. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the hottest chili is the carolina reaper, which is not a chili natural, but was obtained by crossing several chilies.
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