Humans are the only creatures on this planet that actually seek out the fiery sensation of spice. In studies, scientists couldn't even get rats to eat spicy foods. So why are we so willing to test our limits? Bradley Hasemeyer and Pei Wei’s Chef Adam Schreier have three reasons Americans have gone berserk for blistering hot foods.
1. Our global worldview is one reason we see so much spice these days.
2. Monell Chemical Senses Center says our biological curiosity has turned us into food risk takers.
3. Like music and movies, food has become a social phenomenon that we love to share.
Spice is happening everywhere. From fast food to quick casual to fine dining, the heat just keeps getting hotter and Americans are loving every bite.
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