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Spicy exchange / 2022

How to neutralize a spicy tongue

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What makes food spicy?

Peppers contain capsaicin, which binds to pain receptors on your tongue.

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Cold water does nothing to neutralize spiciness, and can even spread it throughout your mouth and throat to make it feel even more spicy.

DON'T use cold water

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Try HOT water

Some people suggest that hot water can help reduce spiciness by triggering an additional pain response, causing your body to release natural painkillers.

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The casein in milk and dairy can help neutralize spiciness, making it a good pick.

Drink some milk

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Something starchy

Starch can help absorb capsaicin, so eating bread or rice may help out a spicy mouth.

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Acids can help neutralize capsaicin, so try sipping on a glass of lemon or limeade (or even better, sucking on a lemon!)

Acids

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