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Q: spicy foods and taste buds ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: spicy foods and taste buds
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: blinkerfish-ga
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Posted: 18 Jun 2006 09:07 PDT
Expires: 18 Jul 2006 09:07 PDT
Question ID: 739132
Can spicy foods kill your taste buds and dull your sense of taste, or
is this just a myth?
Subject: Re: spicy foods and taste buds
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 18 Jun 2006 09:39 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hi blinkerfish,

Thank you for your interesting question.  No, spicy foods do not KILL
your taste buds, but they can suppress the appetite.  As a person
ages, taste buds DO decrease, which is a part of the normal aging


Will Spicy Food Kill My Taste Buds?

"Rob: Will eating spicy, hot food now burnout my taste buds when I'm older?

Dr. Dean: No, because it is the pain fibers on the tongue, not the
taste buds, that respond to spicy food. Why we like pain on our
tongues is anyone's guess."


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"Hot" foods that pack a lot of spice and heat can help in several
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"Avoid serving too spicy and highly seasoned foods. These may destroy
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"Hot Stuff: Spicy foods have a metabolism-boosting benefit and can
dull your taste buds so you're apt to eat less. Even foods that are
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Just make sure your soup is tomato or broth-based (not cream!) and
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"Capsaicin, the major pungent ingredient in cayenne peppers, is
thought to suppress appetite. A recent study has shown that a spicy
food meal containing capsaicin may reduce food intake by about 200


"Decrease in or loss of taste

Decrease in or loss of taste is common in older adults. It is part of
the normal aging process and may be caused by:

-  A decrease in the number of taste buds.
-  Changes in the way the nervous system processes the sensation of
taste. This may cause a decline in the awareness of taste.
-  A decrease in the amount of saliva or an increase in the stickiness of saliva.
-  Changes in the tongue, making it harder for flavors to reach the taste buds."

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Best regards,
blinkerfish-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Thanks for the links. I am reall looking for some real research on
this to support the assertion.

Subject: Re: spicy foods and taste buds
From: kohinoor_dot_ca-ga on 18 Jun 2006 18:37 PDT

i am south asian by descent. And I can absolutely guarantee you that
my taste buds are in excellent condition.

Enjoy the curry!
Subject: Re: spicy foods and taste buds
From: myoarin-ga on 18 Jun 2006 18:44 PDT
I have heard the theory that spicy food is common in warmer climates
because bland food is not so appetizing in tropical climates  (I
agree).  The ingredients in peppers also have antiseptic properties, a
good thing in climates where food spoils more quickly.
Subject: Re: spicy foods and taste buds
From: blinkerfish-ga on 05 Aug 2006 08:51 PDT
Yes, I am hopeful that the spicy (hot) foods do not actually kill
one's taste buds, however, I can't seem to find any research on this.
It seems like there is a lot of anecdotal evidence but can someone
show me the numbers?
Subject: Re: spicy foods and taste buds
From: katewalters-ga on 09 Sep 2006 03:58 PDT
I don't think you would find research on this. Taste buds are made of
cells, and cells are not killed by the chemical capsaicin (which is
what makes things hot)!Indeed capsaicin is frequently used in research
on the body's response to pain (Pain fibres (c-fibres)in the skin are
stimualted by capsaicin) this certainly wouldn't be the case if it
damaged the cells.

Stimulation of c-fibres initiates some degree of stress response,
which may have something to do with the supression of appetite

Anyhow, sorry I know that's still not what you wanted!
Subject: Re: spicy foods and taste buds
From: blinkerfish-ga on 24 Sep 2006 14:45 PDT
Actually, your explanation is the best I've seen so far. Thanks for the input

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