how does our spice tolerance change?

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Before I moved out I had the whitest palette known to man – one teaspoon of chilli powder in any curry was PLENTY. Now I’ve moved out and cooked for myself for a few years I can eat much spicier food without batting an eyelid. If I cook for my parents, something that doesn’t even taste spicy to me will make steam come out of their ears! How does our spice tolerance change over time?

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Like any other tolerance, the more you’re exposed to it, the higher your tolerance becomes.