Why do we like spicy food?

I love spicy food. I have a fiery passion for it. (Haha, puns.) But why?

Here’s an interesting Wall Street Journal article on the topic. Apparently, this obsession with spicy food is unique to humans. Spicy food also has the same effects on our brains as physical pain. Are we to understand that every other animal on the planet was smart enough to realize that except for us (supposedly the most intelligent of all)? Or is there a particular reason why people would enjoy hot cuisine… http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-we-love-the-pain-of-spicy-food-1420053009

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