Spicy food is complicated.
It can be frustrating and confusing.
It may sometimes make you feel like you’ve been tricked.
But it can also be delicious.
For the most part, the more experience I have with spicy food and the more I learn about it, the more I enjoy it. But that wasn’t always the case, and there are still times when I feel overwhelmed or frustrated by spicy food. Here are a few tips for having a better spicy-food experience:
1) You don’t have to eat it all! If you’re at a restaurant and they give you something that’s too spicy, ask them to take it away. They aren’t going to judge you if you can’t handle their spiciest dish. They’ll probably just laugh at how bad you are at eating spicy food (it’s true). Do not feel ashamed of this, as long as you try; culture is not a contest and no one deserves points for being able to endure pain. Besides, there’s plenty of other things on the menu for you to try!
2) Eat something sweet or starchy first. This is a tip from my friend and fellow spice lover Raffi: if you haven’t eaten anything in an hour
I’m a person who likes spicy food. Not “I like spicy food” in the “I sometimes use Tabasco sauce on my tacos” way, but in the “I am physically addicted to capsaicin like a junkie is to heroin” way. If a meal doesn’t make me sweat, I feel cheated.
I’ve been known to seek out and eat spicy meals that have brought grown men to tears. I once took on a ghost pepper challenge and had to go to urgent care because my stomach was spasming so hard that it pulled my back out.
But I only want you to know all this so you understand: when I tell you these seven tips for handling spice, I’m not messing around. Here are some things you should know about eating spicy food:
If you’re new to the world of spicy food, it can be a bit daunting trying to find your way around it. There are so many kinds of peppers and sauces, and they all seem to be measured using different scales. What’s more, there are some misconceptions about the right way to eat it all.
So we decided to help out. Here are 7 tips that will have you enjoying spicy food like a boss in no time:
1 Start with something mild
If you’ve never tried spicy food before, don’t rush into it. Start with something mild and work your way up from there.
2 Don’t drink water
If you want to enjoy spicy food properly, don’t drink water as soon as you feel the heat on your tongue. The capsaicin that makes peppers spicy can only be dissolved by fats or alcohol—not water—so water will only make things worse! Instead, try drinking milk or eating ice cream or yogurt. The fat content will help neutralize the heat. You can also try drinking beer, which contains ethanol that can dissolve capsaicin as well.
3 You don’t have to eat the seeds
Spicy peppers have a lot of flavor in their flesh, but most of the heat comes from
If you love spicy food, but not the intense heat or prolonged burning sensation that comes with it, read on to find out how to maximize your enjoyment of spicy food while minimizing the discomfort.
1. Have a glass of milk nearby
2. Eat with a spoon
3. Don’t drink water!
4. Use a fork and knife to eat pizza
5. Try eating slower and savoring the flavor of the meal
6. Cook with beef tongue
7. Be careful which foods you order when dining out
1. Start Slowly
Start with a small amount of spice, and work your way up from there. This will help you to discover your own personal limit for spicy foods. When you begin to eat spicy food it can be overwhelming, but starting slowly will allow your body to adapt to the heat gradually.
3. Drink Milk
Milk is high in fat and protein, which help to break down capsaicin (which is the chemical that causes chili peppers to be spicy). If you are eating a dish that is too spicy, drinking milk will help you dampen the spiciness and enjoy the meal more fully. You can also try other fatty dairy products like yogurt or heavy cream as an alternative.
5. Use Rice as Coolant
Rice is a great tool to use if you find yourself in a situation where a dish is too spicy. It absorbs the oil and reduces the heat of the meal, so you can keep eating without burning your tongue! Rice will also absorb some of the flavor from the spices so not only do you get rid of some heat if it is too much for you but also get another layer of flavor than just plain cooked rice normally has…
1: Don’t drink water
Drinking water is one of the most common ways for people to combat spicy food, but it can actually make things worse. Water does not affect the capsaicin molecules, which are responsible for that burning sensation you are feeling on your tongue. Instead, eating spicy food will cause your body to increase its production of saliva. Unfortunately, this saliva is not the same as the saliva created after eating something salty or sweet because it contains no enzymes that can help bring the spice level down.
2: Don’t eat dairy products
Dairy products like milk and yogurt are a great way to cool down after eating something spicy if you don’t mind the taste. The fat molecules found in dairy products bind to capsaicin and help remove it from your mouth. This means that every time you take a sip of milk, you’re essentially washing away some of that capsaicin.
3: Do eat starchy foods
There are many starchy foods out there that are great at keeping spicy food under control because they contain plenty of amylose and amylopectin starch molecules. These starch molecules absorb some of the heat from the spice and carry it away from your mouth. Amylose molecules in particular can help reduce the burning
1. Start with a small amount of spice in your food, and slowly increase the amount over time
2. Here are a few ways to help reduce the burn if you do accidentally add too much heat: A) Drink some milk or eat dairy products B) Add sugar (or honey) to your dish C) Eat something starchy – white rice, pasta, or bread all work well at absorbing spice
3. Don’t be afraid to experiment – try adding some spice to non-traditional foods like fruit or dessert! You might be surprised by how good it tastes!
4. If you’re cooking for someone else who doesn’t like their food as spicy as you do, just cook two separate dishes and use less heat in one of them so there’s something for everyone!
5. Spicy food is not just about the heat – it has many other flavors that can enhance any dish: sweetness from sugar or honey, acidity from lime juice or vinegar; saltiness from soy sauce or fish sauce; umami flavors found in fermented foods like miso paste or fish sauce; and even bitterness (which can counteract some of those other flavors).