We all have different levels of tolerance for spicy food. As I have gotten older, I have developed a higher level of tolerance for the heat of spicy food! Now I actually enjoy moderately spicy foods, but occasionally, I eat peppers beyond my limit!
I have found that drinking ice water doesn’t help at all! The reason is that the capsaicin (which gives peppers their heat) is an oil and is not water soluble. Water does nothing but spread the capsaicin and make it seem worse!
I had heard that sugar calms the burn of spicy food, so I gave it a try. While my husband and I were waiting for our order at a local Mexican food restaurant, I snacked on a few of those jalapeno pickled carrots from the salsa bar. Yikes! I thought my mouth was going to literally catch on fire! I’m pretty sure I had smoke coming out of my ears! My immediate reaction was to take a swallow of ice water. Not a good idea! It actually made it worse! So I scrambled through my wallet to find a quarter and I ran to buy a handful of Skittles in from the candy machine. I started to chew the candy and I got immediate relief from the burning! The smoke coming out of my ears seemed to dissipate!
Next time you find that you have passed your comfort level on the Scoville Scale, try this quick remedy. Relief can be found in sugar packets, candy or even a sugary drink!