I know that capsaicin just triggers a receptor
TRPV1 that senses heat. Therefore makes you feel pain.
But, my question is, is it just a fake sensation or there is real heat involved?
Eating spicy food in winter makes you feel warm. Does that mean your temp is still the same but you just (mentally) feeling warmer?
If you got peppers oils on your hands while cutting them and preparing food, your hands feel burning all day. Is it only an illusion? If we took thermal camera, would that spot look more "red" in the camera? Or it would be the same as the body?
When you eat spicy food, you actually turn red. It's visible to the eyes. If we took your body temperature with an infrared thermometer, will it give higher reading than before eating? Or just normal?
Maybe it DOES heat but that's the body reaction to it? Like somehow the body is trying to get rid of excess heat through skin or something? I didn't fully think this part but that depends on if there is actually heat involved or not.
Edit (kinda answers my question)
So, I found this video
in which they used thermal imaging
and the person did get more red.
they said :
Superhot nuclear wings arrived. Almost immediately the heart rate increases, pumping more blood. Literally raising body temperature.
So, the pepper itself doesn't heat you directly.
But it raises heart rate.
Thus, increasing your temperature.
However, I also found that video.
It's in Russian, so, I don't understand what they are saying.
But, he put a pepper on his skin and chewed on one. The temperature of the spot didn't go up.
That was so interesting to watch.