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Hot Sauce Pain

When the Burn's Too Much - Cooling Things Down

By Eric Vinje, Cosmic Chile

There are several remedies for eating hot sauces, salsas or wing sauces that are too hot for you.

Keep on eating spicy stuff. People that eat lots of capsaicin-rich food build up a tolerance to capsaicin.

Drink tomato juice or a beverage that contains fresh lemon or lime. The acid content of these drinks counteracts the alkanity of the capsaicin.

Eat foods high in acidity. For example munch on a fresh orange or have mango salsa as a side dish to help cool a curry or other hot dish.

Got Milk? Milk, because of its fat content, can also tone down the heat. In addition to drinking milk, consume a yogurt-based Indian condiment called raita. Like milk, a raita, because it contains fat, will lessen the effects of consuming spicy food

Serve your peppery fare with a starchy side dish like plantains, bananas, rice, or bread. The starches will soak up the heat and will cool things down.

Finally, for once, don't drink the water. Since capsaicin is an oil, drinking water won't bring any relief to your burning tongue.

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