How to Adapt to Spicy Food: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Adapt to Spicy Food: 8 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Adapt to Spicy Food: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

Although spicy and spicy foods are a delicacy in every corner, not everyone is prepared to face this challenge. Luckily, anyone is more than capable of learning to like these products - which not only can radically change the taste buds, but are also healthy and lower cholesterol, contribute to weight loss and optimize metabolism. If you're interested in the subject, start slowly, take your time, so you don't feel the thud all at once. Read the tips below and find out more!


Method 1 of 11: Start with less spicy products

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Step 1. You'll be sick if you jump straight to Bhut Jolokia (one of the hottest peppers in the world)

Start with something simple: add a few drops of pepper sauce to your plate, add it to the meat, and so on. Your tongue needs to get used to the different feeling.

  • You can even try typically spicy dishes like curry to expand your culinary horizons.
  • If you're not a fan of hot sauce, get peppered mustard.
  • Whenever buying spicy products in the market, read their label and pay attention to the number of Scoville units (SHU, which represents the unit of measurement of stinging). Choose something around 450 SHU.

Method 2 of 11: Eat something spicy every week

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Step 1. Make it a habit to eat spicy products and, in time, you will start to like it

The more you expose your taste buds to spicy products (calmly, of course), the more your tongue will get used to the sensation and feel the dynamics of each food. Keep it up and your taste buds will get used to it. Depending on the case, you may not even notice that you are eating strong products after a few months!

The chemical responsible for the burning of spicy products is called capsaicin. It is similar to caffeine and alcohol in that the body develops a tolerance to its presence

Method 3 of 11: Gradually get heavier

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Step 1. Start eating more spicy products gradually

Swap the regular pepper sauce for a hotter one. When you eat out, order typically spicy dishes. When you're going to cook, start with Anaheim pepper and gradually move on to jalapenho, poblano and other stronger ones. Your tolerance will only increase.

When you're ready for really hot peppers, try the dedo-de-girla, cayenne, Bhut Jolokia and the like

Method 4 of 11: Drink milk to cut off the peppery taste

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Step 1. The fat and proteins in milk neutralize the taste of the food

This is more than proven. So, have a glass of milk prepared before you even start eating anything hotter. Take a few sips between bites so you don't suffer.

  • Depending on the dish you're eating, you can drop a drop of sour cream into the milk.
  • Drink skimmed or whole milk. The two are shooting and falling.

Method 5 of 11: Change the milk to ice water or some acidic drink

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Step 1. Drinking a glass of water will not help at all

On the contrary: it can make the situation worse, as the water spreads capsaicin through the mouth. If you don't have a choice, at least put one or two ice cubes in the glass. Whenever possible, drink some acidic drink such as orange or lemon juice.

  • Alcohol dissolves some of the capsaicin, but some people don't see results from this tactic.
  • Solid acidic foods also fight stinging. You can, for example, prepare some cilantro or some lemon slices.

Method 6 of 11: Eat something with a rough texture next to the peppery product

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Step 1. The different texture will distract your taste buds

When you're going to eat a spicy dish, such as meatballs, intersperse it with bites of something of a different texture: a biscuit, a slice of loaf of bread, and so on. This does not nullify the capsaicin, but at least it relieves the taste buds on the tongue.

  • Also try eating something sour and crunchy, like roasted cherry tomatoes.
  • Sweets also have this effect, although not everyone feels it. Try it out and see if that's your case.

Method 7 of 11: Eat something high in starch with the spicy product

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Step 1. Starchy carbohydrates such as bread and potatoes help absorb capsaicin

They create a barrier between capsaicin and the taste buds. So prepare a slice of bread next to that glass of milk before you start eating something very hot. Depending on the dish, you can even cancel out all the burning with the right combination of carbohydrates.

Many Indian and Chinese dishes include rice precisely because it has a different texture and is rich in starch

Method 8 of 11: Breathe through your mouth as you eat

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Step 1. Slowly exhale between each bite to expel hot, burning air

If you grind your teeth together to try to lessen the impact, things will only get worse (by a lot). Exhale slowly to expel the hot, stinging air - but without throwing all the discharge in the face of anyone nearby! It sounds silly, but it makes a lot of difference.

This tactic also has a psychological effect: if you feel pain, imagine literally blowing the pepper flakes into the air. Visualization will lighten things up a bit

Method 9 of 11: Eat something with butter or cheese to control the situation

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Step 1. Saturated fats found in dairy products help fight the peppery effect on the digestive tract

After eating the spicy product, pinch some cheese cubes or drink yogurt. If the situation is tough, have a bowl of ice cream or some toast or buttery popcorn.

You also have the option of eating a cheesecake (the famous sweet cheesecake), which has saturated fats and includes starch and dairy products

Method 10 of 11: If your stomach is sensitive, take an antacid or eat something before the spicy product itself

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Step 1. Capsaicin can be very harmful if your stomach is empty and unprotected

Whenever you go out to eat, take an antacid beforehand to lessen the impact. If you prefer, make a simple snack, such as a sandwich or mashed potatoes, to line your stomach and prevent the capsaicin from spreading.

Do not take too many antacids as this can affect your stomach's natural acid production. They only serve as a precaution once in a while. Be careful not to get addicted

Method 11 of 11: Remember that it will all be over soon

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Step 1. The peppery flavor of the product will dissipate in about 15 minutes

If your mouth is on fire, remember that the sensation is temporary. It takes mental strength at this point! If you've just eaten something very hot and don't know what to do to adjust to the feeling, come back and read this article again in 15 minutes. Everything will be better.

Eating spicy products can be harmful to people who have certain medical conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, but this is rarer. Take a deep breath: you will soon get better


  • Some people have a genetic predisposition to dislike spicy products. If you can't get more tolerant, don't push the envelope.
  • You can't "kill" your taste buds by eating spicy products! Many people believe this myth. The tongue only goes numb because the body is trying to protect itself from the pain.

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