Why Does Spicy Taste Hot and Minty Taste Cool?

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


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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. 00:26

  2. TRPM8 is a receptor triggered by cold on the skin and mouth. 01:13

  3. VR1 activates the sensation of heat and spiciness. 01:46