Why Does Spicy Taste Hot and Minty Taste Cool?

Why Does Spicy Taste Hot and Minty Taste Cool?

TRPM8 is the taste receptor in the mouth that responds to the menthol in mint, causing its cool sensation on the tongue.

Why Does Spicy Taste 'Hot' and Minty Taste 'Cool'?

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Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Receptors for both hot and cold are activated by some of the same chemicals. (0:26)

  • 2

    TRPM8 is a receptor triggered by cold on the skin and mouth. (1:13)

  • 3

    VR1 activates the sensation of heat and spiciness. (1:46)

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