It's Not Bad

I love spicy food, but when I order it at a restaurant and people ask how spicy it is, the standard answer is, "Not too bad." That the food is not bad should be self-evident. I don't need to tell anyone that. Instead, I should be describing the spice level in terms of how good it is. But that's not how we label spicy foods. Eating unbearably spicy food is punishment. It's kind of like rolling in the snow after a sauna or getting a really intense massage after a road race -- but the difference is that both of those things offer actual benefits. Extremely spicy food isn't really much healthier for you, it's just a fun way to see what you're made of.

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