Medical Video: Do Spicy Food Lovers Live Longer?
Are you a fan of spicy food? How resistant are you to facing this spicy taste? Everyone has their own abilities in dealing with spicy food. Why are there people who can eat spicy food while others don't? Not only that, a person's ability to eat foods with a spicy taste will vary. Actually, what is the reason why this happened?
People who like spicy food have different personalities
Apparently, in several studies people who like to eat spicy foods have a personality that tends to be the same - of course different from personality with people who do not like to eat spicy. There is a hypothesis which states that people who like to eat spicy foods tend to be adventurous.
Love to eat spicy food can be likened to you riding roller coaster or a game of challenging guts and adrenaline. When you ride the game that requires that great guts for the first time, then you will feel a fast heartbeat, emit more sweat, and fear. This happens naturally and is a body response called the 'fight or run' mechanism (fight or flight response).
After you have successfully overcome the obstacle in a safe and fine state, then it will challenge you to do more in the future. Just like when you try spicy food for the first time, the response of the body that appears will be the same as when you crossed the obstacle. But when you successfully eat all the food with the spicy taste, you feel challenged to try more levels of spiciness than before. Then you will try a new level of spiciness, when you succeed in passing it back then you will try something more than that.
The similarity of personality of people who like to eat spicy food is also proven in a study conducted in 2012. In this study, indeed groups of people who like spicy food appear to have the same personality and behavior, tend to like challenges.
Genetics can be one reason
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Helsinki stated that a person's ability to eat spicy is also influenced by his genetic makeup. In a study involving these twin brothers, found that as many as 18-58% of people who like spicy food have genetic similarities.
According to the researchers, genetics plays a role in determining the variation and number of nerve fibers that function to receive stimuli from the spicy taste. The fewer specific nerve fibers to receive stimuli from the spicy taste, the stronger a person to consume these foods even the level of spiciness can increase.
Even though someone has a lot of nerve fibers to receive stimuli from spicy taste - making the person resistant to spicy taste - but the ability to eat spicy foods can be applied by getting used to eating it. Therefore, the environment also influences the tolerance of spicy taste that is owned by someone.
Influence of the surrounding environment
If you like spicy food, take a look at the surrounding environment and your family. Are they also on average eating foods with a spicy taste too? Yes, the taste of food in the family greatly affects a person's diet. If you are born in a family and environment that likes spicy taste, then you will tend to choose foods with the same taste preferences. This can be a habit and even 'down'.