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How to Cool Your Mouth After Eating Spicy Food

Anyone who eats Thai food knows that the intensity of spices surely fires up the mouth. Any spicy food for that matter can make you sweat, fret and turn up the heat to a large extent.

Despite gulping down gallons of water, the spice and heat lingers on your tastebuds, burning your mouth with a running nose. This is because of the chemical called capsaicin present in the chilli peppers which burns your mouth and enters the body. In fact, it is not advisable to drink water immediately as it makes things worse.

So how you build up your tolerance for the heat? How to cool your mouth after eating spicy food?

Here is how to cool your mouth after eating spicy food:

Drink a glass of cold milk

The best way to relieve yourself from the heat is to drink a glass of milk. In fact any diary product does the job! The protein called Casein, that is present in milk, is known to break the chemical composition of capsaicin and eventually cool it down. You could also try yogurt, buttermilk, cheese or butter as well.

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Neutralize it with Starch

Potato, rice, crackers or bread, reach for it soon as you find it. These foods are bland and immediately interrupts the intensity of the heat. Eating starchy foods might also help in absorbing the heat and slow down the process of heat entering your body.

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Eat a spoonful of sugar

The easiest way to beat the heat is to just grab a spoonful of sugar and dab it in your mouth or perhaps pop in a sugar candy. This can be very effective in neutralising the spice levels immediately. If sugar is not the right choice, then you can also substitute it with a generous teaspoon of honey which does the job equally well.

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Add some lime juice

If you’re a vegan, or lactose intolerant and don’t prefer sugar and if none of the above remedies works for you, the best way to beat the heat is to add a dash of lime juice to your dish or perhaps drink a cool lemonade or lime soda while eating spicy food. The citric acid present in lime juice cuts down the heat and cools your palette thereby cooling your body as well. You can also try orange, pineapple or sweet lime juice.

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A glass of chilled beer

You will love this trick. Yes, a glass of beer can bring down the heat and pacify the spice levels in your mouth. The barley present in the beer is also known to cool down your body to a large extent.

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The Warm water Trick

Ok, so if you don’t have any of the above, and running out of time, just heat a glass of water for about 10-15 seconds and rinse your mouth in it. This is perhaps the easiest trick to employ to subside the heat.

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Last but not the least make sure you eat your food at a slow pace, this ensures that the body has enough time to assimilate the spices and build a tolerance to heat.

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