Why does my nose run when eating spicy foods?
July 23, 2007 1:25 PM Subscribe
What are the biological and/or evolutionary purposes behind a runny nose brought on by spicy foods?
posted by afx114 to Science & Nature (9 answers total)
Why does my nose run when eating spicy foods? I'm curious as to what biological purpose it serves. Does it "cool down" the oral/nasal cavities? Or is the spice simply irritating/swelling the sinuses? Just a little something I've always wondered...