How to Soothe a Burnt Tongue
How to Cool Your Tongue After Eating Spicy Food
It can be both painful and annoying to eat something too spicy and not be able to get rid of that burning sensation. Once you’ve eaten the spicy food, there’s no way to go back, but there are some ways you can fix the pain quickly in the aftermath. To cool your tongue, consume the proper drinks and foods, such as those that contain dairy or high amounts of fat and oil.
Cooling with Drinks
Drink a glass of milk.Drinking milk is extremely effective in relieving the burn of spicy foods. It works so well because it contains casein, which is a family of proteins found in milk. Casein breaks down the bonds that capsaicin, the active component that causes the burning sensation, forms on your nerve receptors.
Drink an acidic juice.You can also cool your tongue with a big swig of tomato, orange, or lemon juice. These juices can have a neutralizing effect on the pH of the spicy food you’re eating, which will cause relief.
Take a shot.Capsaicin can be dissolved by alcohol, but only if the alcohol has a significantly high proof. If you’re of legal drinking age, take a shot of liquor such as tequila, rum, or vodka to help cool off your burning tongue.
- Don’t try to soothe the burning by drinking beer. Beer isn’t effective because it contains too much water and not enough alcohol.
Steer clear of water.Though a cool glass of ice water seems like a solid fix for soothing a mouth that feels like it’s on fire, it can actually make the burning worse. Capsaicin is a natural oil, and oil and water don’t mix. Because of this, water won’t change how the capsaicin affects your membranes. The water may even cause you more pain and discomfort by spreading the capsaicin.
Cooling with Foods
Sprinkle sugar or drizzle honey onto your tongue.Sugar, whether in a refined form or a natural form, like honey, can help neutralize spiciness. After you’ve eaten something spicy, sprinkle enough sugar or drizzle enough honey to cover your tongue so that the capsaicin can be absorbed. This will also put a nice, sweet taste in your mouth.
Eat some yogurt or sour cream.The fat and oil in all dairy products, not just milk, can work well when trying to relieve a burning tongue. Eat a bit of yogurt or sour cream so that the capsaicin can be dissolved, much like dish soap dissolves grease on your dirty dishes.
- Opt for full-fat yogurt and sour cream for the best results.
Swallow some olive oil.While it might taste a little gross on its own, oil has the perfect combination of fat and oil for countering the burning sensation caused by spicy food. Hold your nose to minimize the taste and pour a little on your tongue.
- If you can’t stand the taste of the oil, peanut butter has similar qualities and should work as a good substitute.
Munch on something starchy.Starches, such as bread, chips, crackers, potatoes, rice, or pasta, can all act as a barrier between your mouth and the capsaicin in the spicy food you’re eating, which will lessen the burn. These foods can also absorb some of the capsaicin.
Eat a piece of milk chocolate.The high fat content in milk chocolate makes it another good solution for cooling off your mouth. Next time you eat something too hot, grab a candy bar to remove some of the capsaicin from your taste buds.
- Dark chocolate has less fat, so it’s less effective.
QuestionDoes almond, cashew, or coconut milk work to soothe the results of spicy foods like milk does?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, those would work as well.Thanks!
QuestionHow can milk help?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDrinking milk is extremely effective in relieving the burn of spicy foods. It works so well because it contains casein, which is a family of proteins found in milk. Casein breaks down the bonds that capsaicin, the active component that causes the burning sensation, forms on your nerve receptors.Thanks!
QuestionCan drinking really cold water soothe my mouth?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. Water spreads the burning all over your mouth because all the water does is lift the capsaicin and move it to other places. Milk binds with the capsaicin, thus taking the burn away.Thanks!
QuestionShould I drink ice water to cool off my tongue after eating spicy foods?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, you should not drink ice water to cool your tongue down, as it spreads the capsaicin even more so, which will increase the burn even more. Try drinking milk or eating bread to cool your tongue down after eating spicy food.Thanks!
QuestionWhy does your nose run when you eat spicy foods?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe cause of this phenomenon is capsaicin, a chemical in chili peppers. This affects receptors in the nose. When these receptors are stimulated, they cause the lining to produce extra mucus in the nose.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I cool my tongue down after eating spicy food?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could cool your tongue by following the steps in this article.Thanks!
QuestionDo pop and tea help take away the spice?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTea may help, but soda pop may make it feel worse because of the carbonation.Thanks!
QuestionWould eating vegetables and ranch help?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe veggies might not help soothe the burning, unless they're starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, corn, or squash. Ranch dressing has dairy in it and is high in fat, so it would probably help significantly.Thanks!
QuestionWould it help to drink orange juice?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSome people report orange juice soothing their mouth while others claim the acid makes their mouth feel worse. Try it and see how your body reacts.Thanks!
QuestionWhy do my eyes water when I eat spicy foods?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis is due to the chemical released by spicy foods, called capsaicin. It can cause an irritated reaction in the eyes, mouth, or nose.Thanks!
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- Gradually incorporate more spicy foods into your diet to get your tongue use to the taste.
- The smell of the food can sometimes help you decide if the food is spicy or not, but don't be fooled. Just because it doesn't smell spicy doesn't means it’s not going to be spicy.
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