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Counterintuitive Pleasures

JeffinNYC | Aug 20, 201910:56 PM     33

Are there foods so tart, hot, or salty that you love eating them, even though, objectively, they cause at least a modicum of discomfort?

This is not a phenomenon unique to food. People love horror movies and roller coasters for similar reasons.

It doesn’t seem to be limited to humans, either. I have seen research that birds love eating hot peppers because of the thrill of the burn.

I personally hate bitter foods like coffee, chocolate, and whiskey, but I suspect that for others, a similar reaction to what I experience when I lick a salted lemon or taste a drop of “death sauce” must enter into the equation If they like those and other bitter foods.

Just saying, I don’t think pleasure from food is completely straightforward.

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