Hot drinks, foods can cool you down, neuroscientist says

Ever wonder why some of the hottest places on the earth serve up some of the most brutally hot dishes?  And why a billion Indians, in their blistering climate, drink hot tea?

According to Peter McNaughton, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, hot foods and hot drinks both hit the temperature receptors in your tongue that tell the brain to activate the body's cooling systems -- making you sweat....  which brings down your temperature.  It's really just that simple.

That's why places like India, Africa and south east Asia all swing with the spicy. That iced frappucino may seem more refreshing than hot coffee, but it's actually causing your internal temperature to dip too quickly, and your body over compensates -- making you hotter.

It's confusing, but let's put it this way -- science you win, common sense you lose.  

So go get a tall glass of lemonade... Piping hot!...  That's Weird Science.

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