5 Of The Best Remedies To Cool Your Tongue After Eating Spicy Food
Feeling like you just ate the sun is no easy feat.
Have you ever delved straight into a seemingly innocent taco, only to quickly realize all was not as it seemed?
We all know the feeling! The flames begin flickering behind your eyes, steam spouts from your ears, and alarm bells start to ring.
“It’s too late”, you tell yourself!
Next time you begin bracing yourself for what feels like a fiery end, it will serve you well to remember the top tips detailed in this blog.
Did you know you could spare yourself from all the suffering in just a matter of seconds?
What brings on the burn in the first place?
If you ask me, there are 2 kinds of people in this world
- those who can handle the heat
- those who cannot.
Most spicy food gets its kick from capsaicinoids, a family of molecules found in nearly all chili peppers.
Despite popular belief, chugging water is not the answer.
In fact, water only makes things worst because it spreads the capsaicin around the inside of your mouth, where it will come in contact with more pain receptors and amp up the burning sensation.
Beer and soda are a bad idea too – as both beverages are mostly water. The nerves on your tongue are already primed to flare up to hot temperatures, so avoid the coffee, and reach for something cold (so long as it’s not water).
5 Cool Liquids to Soothe Your Burn Fast:
The fat and oil contained in dairy products are able to dissolve the capsaicin and eliminate the burn quickly. This is more effective if you opt for whole milk or full-fat yogurt.
Capsaicin dissolves in high percentage alcohol. So next time you feel the fire coming on take a shot of tequila. This solution also has the added benefit of blacking out all memory of the burn in the first place.
The holy grail when it comes to fighting the fire. Olive oil is best for this, but if the prospect of that grosses you out too much, then peanut butter is also a great option as it is high in fat and oil.
Food such as rice and bread won’t dissolve capsaicin-like fats, oils, and alcohol, but they will act like a mop to soak up the molecules and stop the scorching feeling. It’s one of the reasons people from all around the world eat spicy food on a bed of white rice.
It’s one of the reasons people from all around the world eat spicy food on a bed of white rice.
A spoonful of sugar doesn’t just help the medicine go down; it can also be a remedy for a mouth on fire.
Next time you take on more chili than you can handle mix a tablespoon of sugar in some water and swish it around your mouth. Alternatively, if you have honey on hand, squirt just enough of it on your tongue to soothe the burn instantly.
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