How does milk neutralize spicy food?

Drink milk after eating too spicy

15.07.2010

If the food is too spicy, drinking water or juice will not help. However, fatty foods such as milk can relieve the burning sensation ...

The "fire" after eating too spicy can be extinguished with milk. "Under no circumstances should you try to relieve the burning sensation in your mouth with water, juice or beer. Since the" hot substance "in chilli pods and the like, capsaicin , is not water-soluble, but fat-soluble, clear liquids do not help at this point. It is more advisable to resort to a fatty food, e.g. drink a glass of milk or rinse your mouth with olive oil. A yogurt or some cheese also takes the heat out, "recommends Dr. Michael Deeg from the German professional association of ENT doctors. Anyone who is a fan of the pungent taste is automatically hardened:" If you often eat chillies, paprika or pepper, you get used to it , a so-called tolerance reaction ", so the chairman of the ENT association in Baden.

We can't really taste chilli pods and Co., because spiciness is not a taste. “The pungent substances act exclusively on the pain receptors in the oral mucosa. So the signal in the brain is pain! Nevertheless: the spiciness in the food indirectly acts a bit like a drug. Many people are crazy about spicy food because it simply makes "happy". The spiciness, which causes a slight pain reaction, releases a small amount of endorphins, also known as happiness hormones, in the body. You feel relaxed afterwards, "explains Dr . Deeg. In hot countries in particular, spicy foods are also widespread because they promote sweating and thereby lower the body temperature somewhat and because they counteract the contamination of food to a certain extent.

So spicy food has several advantages, but it should be consumed in moderation. Because: "A reasonable level of spiciness increases the taste sensation because the oral mucous membrane is better supplied with blood. Too much spicy food, on the other hand, prevents us from perceiving the inherent taste of food. So, as is so often the case, the dose counts," emphasizes the resident ENT doctor Freiburg.

Source: Dr. Michael Deeg from the professional association of ear, nose and throat specialists
in an interview with the editors
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