Why Does Pepper Make You Sneeze? (VIDEO)

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Onions make you cry because they release a substance called alignase and gas that irritate the eyes. Coriander tastes like soap due to the olfactory receptor genes, called OR6A2. But why does pepper make you sneeze?

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The colives make you cry because they release a substance called allinase and gases that irritate the eyes. Coriander tastes like soap because of the olfactory receptor genes, called OR6A2. But why does pepper make you sneeze? The friends of SciShow explain it once again.





Known as the "King of spices", among them it is one of the oldest and most popular in the world. It was so valuable that in ancient Greece and ancient Rome it was used as a currency. Even during the Middle Ages, peppercorns were accepted in place of money for dowry, rent and taxes.

But pepper, be it white, black or green, contains a pyridine alkaloid, called piperine. Piperine acts as an irritant if it gets into the nose. It stimulates (or irritates) the nerve endings within the mucosa. This stimulation causes you to sneeze. In reality, the nose wants to get rid of this irritant and the only way it knows to do it is one sneeze.

“Pepper is one stimulating substance, but stimulants in the wrong amounts, at the wrong times or places, can be super irritating, ”said SciShow host Hank Green, recalling that pepper activates pain receptors when inhaled in large quantities, triggering the involuntary act of sneeze.

That's why it's keeping your nose far, far away from pepper. If you really want to “smell it”, try to smell it a little at a time.



Roberta Ragni

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