Why does spicy food taste less spicy when it’s cold?

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Why does spicy food taste less spicy when it’s cold?

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The oils carrying the spicy goodness have solidified and cannot spread through your mouth as easily, limiting how much you can taste

Flavor & smell are linked – both are chemical interactions.

In general, chemical interactions slow when colder, speed up when hotter. So there are more molecules of spice flying around to bang into your tongue & nose receptors when the food is warmer.