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Morning Start: The tree shrew is the only other mammal that likes spicy food

Your morning start for Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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Fun fact: The tree shrew is the only other mammal that likes spicy food

Outside of humans, the majority of mammals cannot tolerate the pungent sensation that comes with eating spicy foods.

However, a 2018 study published in the PLOS Biology journal revealed that the tree shrew — like humans — can “directly and actively” consume spicy plants. The tolerance is caused by a mutation in the tree shrew’s TRPV1 ion channel, which lowers its sensitivity to capsaicinoids — the compounds that make certain plants spicy.

In the study, when capsaicin was added to the sample foods, it was observed that food intake was reduced among the mice participating in the experiment. For the tree shrews, however, nothing changed.

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