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Why Some People Tolerate Spicy Foods Better Than Others

We all have that one friend who orders 'hot' or five star spice whenever you all go out as a group for Indian or Thai food. Some people are natural at being able to handle some extra heat while others struggle to cope with a little black pepper.

From London to Dubai, Bangkok to Brunswick, you can find an Indian restaurant just about anywhere these days. Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine has been serving up some of North India's most favorite spicy curries for over 30 years, having opened its doors in 1991.

Spicy food contains a chemical known as capsaicin which activates a receptor in our mouth and tongue called a TRPV1 receptor. Every human varies in the amount of receptors they cary from person to person, which is one reason why some people can or can't handle a bit of spice in their lives.

Reports & studies done on spice tolerance around the world have shown continued exposure to capsaicin could also be attributed to the more you try spicy food, the more your body can handle it.

This is especially true in countries and cultures like India where spicy food is a part of a staple regional diet. If you've been eating spicy food your entire life, you most likely will have built up a resilience to it.

Some additional research has indicated that there is a psychological element often at play when spicy food is being consumed. Spice lovers additionally still show signs of burning and sometime pain when having their favorite curry, however find it pleasurable rather than painful.

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