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5 Foods That Cool Your Mouth After Eating Spicy Food

If you are a person with zero tolerance for spicy food, we have some hacks to calm your tongue after the accidental chili bites!

Indian food is mostly spicy, and you can find a whole chili no matter what cuisine you try. If you feel water is not doing the trick anymore to calm the burning sensation, we are here to help. Go through these easy ingredients that will soothe your tongue and neutralize the chili taste.


Dairy is like the magic balm. You can soothe your stomach with a glass of milk or yogurt at any time. Casein, a protein found in dairy, helps to break down the capsaicin and calm the burning. To quell the heat of spicy foods, milk is the best choice. It repels and binds to the capsaicin, and prevents it from reaching the mouth’s pain receptors.

Sugar Or Honey

Although you might think the sweetness counters the spice, not all sweets work that way. After you have had some of the spicy gravy, try half a teaspoon of honey or sugar to soothe your tongue. You can try sucking on sugar cubes to help you feel better.


Look for fluffy bread and rice. Starch acts as a natural barrier between the capsaicin in your mouth and your stomach, helping to absorb most of it. You can also use potatoes for this. Make sure the potatoes are baked without any spice.

Tomatoes Or Lemons

It is surprising, but it is based on science. These alkaline foods can neutralize the acidity of spices. Grab a salad plate and eat a few pieces of tomato for instant relief. Similar properties are found in lemon juice, oranges, and pineapple juice. Gargling with tomato juice can help you treat ulcers too.

A Tall Glass Of Water!

What is your instinctive reaction to spicy food? Get a glass of water. Although it might seem like a good idea, water may not be enough to help your mouth. Capsaicin is a natural oil, and oil and water don’t mix. Capsaicin’s effects on your membranes will not be diminished by water. It may spread the oil to other areas of your mouth. You can get instant relief by using one of these remedies. So now you won’t have any memories of food that was so spicy that it made you cry!


Indrani Karmakar from Siliguri is a writer and artist. After graduating in Political science, she broadened her horizons and dived into the world of creativity. She loves adding humour and innovation to everything in and around her. When she is not working, you will find her collecting oddly shaped pebbles, doodling, crafting, and if you are really lucky- you can even catch her humming!
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