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The human tongue comes equipped with taste buds for various taste sensations. These include sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. Textbooks differ on the existence of a fifth taste bud. Perhaps, and this is only speculation, only a portion of the population has the spicy taste bud, which might explain why some enjoy spicy food, and others are averse to it. We are kidding, of course. Spicy foods are actually picked up by pain receptors in the brain, which, if you eat enough of them, can make you feel somewhat like this poor fella:

Be that as it may, the average person uses spices, seasonings, and sauces to some degree. And why not? If you have the taste buds (and the receptors), it can't hurt to stimulate them now and again (or it can, but that's why we reach for those jalapenos, don't we? hurts so good?). But spicy food is not just for the masochistic; hot food can increase the metabolism as well as act as an appetite suppressent; moreover, the capsaicin present in peppers such…