Is it possible to damage the heat sensors on the tongue? I’ve been eating chiles for years, but they just aren’t what they used to be.
A: Hello Jim:
Indeed, extremely hot chiles or hot sauce can damage your taste buds. However, the body replaces them every two weeks anyway, so any damage is temporary. For more information on this subject, see our article at: http://www.fiery-foods.com/dave/quest.html–Dave