Why Do Chili Peppers Give Us the Hiccups?

If you’ve ever gotten hiccups after eating a spicy food with chili peppers in it, there’s an explanation for that. According to Medical News Today, capsaicin in the peppers stimulates — or irritates, depending on how you look at it — neurons in your diaphragm, which contracts in response, sometimes triggering hiccups. While not everyone will get hiccups, one study does say that both a preference for spicy food and your physiological response to it is in your genes...

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