So, you got a little overconfident and went with extra-hot buffalo sauce for your wings, added too many jalapenos to your nachos or were way too generous with the cayenne pepper while cooking dinner. Or maybe you just had no idea those peanuts were even going to be spicy. Whether on purpose or not, we’ve probably all bit off more than we could chew, at least a time or two, when it comes to spicy foods. So is there anything you can do to help cool down your mouth after eating spicy food? Or was your fate sealed with that first bite?
Here are foods to cool down after eating spicy food :
- Milk – The fattier, the better. Drink a whole glass of it. The milk protein case in breaks up the capsaicin that causes the burning sensation.
- Starchy Foods (Bread, Rice, Tortilla, Potatoes) The starchy carbs will help create a barrier between your mouth and the capsaicin and also absorb some of the stinging pain.
- Sugar – Put a spoonful in your mouth and let it sit in your mouth before swallowing/spitting it out.
- Lime/Lemon – The acidic properties can help neutralise some of the alkaline cap saicinoid.
- Honey – Simply place a spoonful in your mouth and coat your tongue.
- Peanut Butter – Place a spoonful in your mouth and coat your tongue.
- Avocados/Bananas – The creamy texture and taste can help offset the burning sensation.
- Other Dairy Products – Such as butter, ice cream, sour cream, cheese, cottage cheese, etc.
- Other Acidic Foods – Such as pineapples, tomato based food, oranges and other citrus.
Don’t have any of these foods items? You can also fill your mouth with warm water, swish it around and spit out to remove spiciness from your tongue.