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Does very spicy food affect the taste buds after you've eaten it?

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Does very spicy food affect the taste buds after you've eaten it?

janetofreno | | Aug 25, 2011 10:36 PM

OK, maybe I'm getting old. But as one who has always tolerated very picante food (my new favorite show is "the Heat Seekers" on Food Network) I am suddenly finding my tolerance very reduced. Not too long ago I found two cans of pav bhaji on sale in the clearance section of our local supermarket for only 50 cents each. I figured they were there because I'm probably the only person who shops there who actually knows what pav bhaji is. (and technically, the can contained bhaji, since "pav" refers to the bread served with the dish and was not included:-) Anyway, after I ate the first can I decided that perhaps they didn't sell because folks DID know that brand, and knew that it was intolerably spicy hot. So today I prepared the second can as part of a quick late-night meal for my husband by adding my own carrots, potatoes, peas etc to basically double the recipe. OK, it was STILL very picante, although within the tolerable range after the addition of all those veggies and no spices.

But here's the weird thing: my husband had just driven 450 miles from our "other house" up north and had stopped at a favorite candy store that is on the way. He often brings me English Toffee from said store; it is a treat we both like. But as I chewed on a piece this evening after dinner, I realized it really wasn't tasting good to me. It tasted dry and bland...kind of like cardboard. I don't think it was stale; the texture was right. Was it my tastebuds? Had the warnings of my college boyfriend finally come true and I blew out my tastebuds on one too many picante dishes? I guess I'll have to have another piece of the toffee tomorrow to know for sure, but was curious if any hounds had experienced that when eating sweets after a very spicy meal?....

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