Capsaicin – visual

Capsaicin – one of the most powerful chemicals known to man – has no flavor, color or odor and is unaffected by cooking, grinding or freezing. Although it is readily soluble in fats, pure alcohol and some oils, it is not soluble in water which is why gulping down lots of water will simply spread the substance around your mouth and make it even worse’ – TheChileMan

Here’s a look at what we taste and feel when we eat chili peppers (source WolframAlpha):

Capsaicin bonds

Capsaicin bonds

Capsaicin model

Capsaicin model

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