Why do spicy tastes stay in your mouth so long?

4 Answers

  • denise
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Because of the heat / intensity.

  • rena
    Lv 4
    8 months ago

    Because of the natural chemical, it can linger on your younger for a long time.

  • 8 months ago

    The 'spice' is from capsaicin, which is oil based.

    Your saliva does not do a very good job of dissolving oil based items so it takes a fair amount of time to dissipate. Water also isn't very useful. Oil dissolves in like substance which is why milk and dairy (which contain some fat) are often suggested to help 'cool' the spicy sensation.

  • Anton
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    DUH!!  --  it is because bits of food left in your mouth.   Brush you teeth after meals.

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