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Wasabi hot vs. pepper hot

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Wasabi hot vs. pepper hot

Ruth Lafler | Aug 30, 2001 05:49 PM

Over on the LA board, we started to get into the difference between the "hot" sensations of wasabi and peppers.

I know what makes peppers "hot" and that the hot sensation is basically an irritation of the tissues the capsicum comes in contact with (including your hands, eyes, etc. if you aren't careful), which then triggers cleansing responses (runny nose, watery eyes).

But what is the mechanism of the explosive sensation of wasabi going up your nose, into your sinuses?

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