What should you eat or drink when a dish is too spicy?

While we always appreciate a spicy dish full of flavors, sometimes we can be a little heavy-handed on the pepper. Result: a very unpleasant or even unbearable burning sensation. To alleviate this feeling, we must first understand what happens to our body when we consume chili peppers. The main culprit for this burning sensation is capsaicin, the active compound in chili peppers found mainly in its seeds. The concentration of capsaicin, measured using the Scoville scale which ranges from 0 to 2,693,000 Scoville units, varies between varieties of chili peppers, with some being much hotter than others.

Reduce the effect of chili pepper

First of all, know that capsaicin is not soluble in water. So drinking a large glass of water will only spread the capsaicin in the mouth and therefore make the burning sensation worse. Instead, here are the foods and drinks to focus on.

Dairy products

Milk is your best ally! The protein called casein found in dairy products is the perfect remedy to relieve burning sensations. All you need to do is keep a little milk in your mouth until the stinging sensation subsides. Be aware that the fatter the dairy product, the more effective it will be, so choose whole milk.

The bread

The starch present in bread, especially bread crumbs, will immediately help to reduce the spiciness and absorb some of the capsaicin. Obviously, if you have other products rich in starch nearby, a plate of pasta or rice, do not hesitate to consume them, because they will have the same effect as bread crumbs.


Capsaicin is fat-soluble, meaning it dissolves in fat. If you don't have anything else on hand, use any olive, sunflower or canola oil to rinse your mouth. Not very pleasant but very effective!

Warm sugared water

To make this unbearable burning sensation disappear, patience is the best remedy. But to relieve yourself for a few minutes, lukewarm sugared water is a good option. Simply put a spoonful of sugar or honey in a glass of water and keep the mixture in your mouth until the pain passes.

With these tips, you'll be perfectly prepared for the next dish that's a little too spicy!

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