(10) Why do we get a runny nose when eating spicy food?

Post 10:

According to the Guardian, fast food is becoming more and more popular. Some particular spicy foods can cause ones nose to become runny, why?

In short, spicy foods contain a chemical known as capsaicin. This chemical causes inflammation which means the nasal cavity (nose) produces more mucus (runny) which the body sees as a waste product. Therefore, it is released from the nose: it runs.

So the next time you get a curry, or order a nice dish off a Mexican restaurant, you’ll know that your eating damn good food containing capsaicin which will make your body produce more mucus in turn making you have a runny nose.

You never know, this might be handy for a pub quiz!

Post 10, over and out. Thanks for reading!


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