\" \" Is the burn of spicy food actually causing damage to your taste buds? HOT, HOT, HOT, HOT, HOT! \"I've been to Thailand and tried really spicy Thai food,\" Dando says. If you've ever been a spicy food fanatic, you may have wondered what year after year of all that fiery goodness may be doing to your taste buds. \"People seem to talk about, 'Spicy food destroys your taste buds.'