Why do spicy foods tasts hot and minty foods taste cold? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences. Edible Experiments provides a wealth of ideas based on chemistry and food to engage students and stimulate thinking about the relevance of chemistry.
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All tasting activities should take place outside of science labs, and there should be careful checking for allergies in all participants.
For the chilli tasting, remember that some people may not have experienced chillies before or may be more susceptible. Only a mild chilli sauce should be used and it should be tested first. Raw chillies should not be used because of the great variation in heat in different parts of the fruit.
Part of our Edible Experiments series.
This resource was produced by Dr Joanna Buckley, University of Sheffield. It is also hosted on the University of Sheffield website.
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