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Without spices, our meals would have less color and flavor. Helaine Weide/Moment via Getty Images

How do spices get their flavor?

Humans have figured out how to season their food with virtually every part of plants.
Capsaicin is what makes chilli peppers taste hot. (Shutterstock)

Why some like it hot: The science of spiciness

Human attraction to spicy food makes us an anomaly amongst mammals. Chilli is one of the most popular spices in our cuisines, but how the affinity for chilli appeared is a mystery.

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