The joys of the evolved taste

A Perk of Our Evolution – Pleasure in Pain of Chilies – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/science/21peppers.html?_r=1

But he has evidence for what he calls benign masochism. For example, he tested chili eaters by gradually increasing the pain, or, as the pros call it, the pungency, of the food, right up to the point at which the subjects said they just could not go further. When asked after the test what level of heat they liked the best, they chose the highest level they could stand, “just below the level of unbearable pain.” As Delbert McClinton sings (about a different line of research), “It felt so good to hurt so bad.”

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