Kinky people are more likely to have a taste for spicy food, says doctor

Kinky people are more likely to enjoy spicy food because it's a masochistic pain sensation, according to an NHS doctor.

Dr Karan Rajan, an NHS general surgeon, explains what it is in chilies that fills your tongue with that pleasant sizzling feeling.

He says in a TikTok video: "If you like spicy food, you just might be a little bit kinky.

"Spicy is not a taste, your tongue can only taste sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami.

"But your tongue can detect pain and temperature.

"Capsicum, the chemical found in most spicy foods binds to pain receptors in your tongue.

"This means if you enjoy spicy food, it is a weird form of benign masochism… You like pain, just a bit.

"In fact, if you eat a lot of spicy food this desensitises pain receptors so you keep eating spicier and spicier so you can feel the burn."

The surgeon then explains the interesting medical use for this.

He says: "This is truly strange: because capsicum can desensitise pain receptors it's actually used to treat some type of pain."

Since the surgeon uploaded this video on his @dr.karanr TikTok account on Thursday (November 4) it has been watched more than 2.5 million times and sparked a debate.

One viewer joked: "I love spicy food but I didn't need to know this."

"Spicy food is good until your butt is on fire then it's not fun anymore," confessed a second person.

"Oh so that's why I love spicy food," commented a third.

Someone else questioned: "So I fix pain with more pain?"

Dr Karan recently explained why the classic school textbook diagram of a womb is wrong – and the fallopian tubes don't even touch the ovaries.

He also freaked out people by revealing it is possible to breathe out farts if you hold them in too long.

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