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You Should Not Do This If You've Eaten Spicy Food

It'll just make everything so much worse...

Attention Spicy Lovers

Attention Spicy Lovers

Can't resist spicy food? Whether Mexican, Indian, Korean or Thai, there's nothing that packs as much flavor — or thrill — as spicy cuisine. But what happens if you've taken it a little too far?

Mouth On Fire

First off, it's a good idea to take a look at what exactly is happening when your mouth is on fire. Spicy food gets its burn from capsaicinoids, which are molecules found in chili peppers. When you eat food spiced with chili, the capsaicinoids in your mouth bond with your pain receptors, causing that fiery burning sensation that some people love and others hate. 

Here's what you should do if your mouth is on fire

Capsaicin dissolves in fat and alcohol — not in water. Downing a glass of water, soda or beer will just spread the pain all around your mouth. Instead, try consuming these:

  • Dairy — Especially when chilled.
  • Fats — Peanut butter is our favorite!
  • Alcohol — But mostly those that are relatively high proof, like whisky or vodka.
  • Starches — Particularly white rice. 
  • Sugars — After that fireball you just consumed, reward yourself with a cookie!

Feeling ready for some heat? Here are 25 spicy foods you have to try before you die!

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VIDEO: Chicken Quesadillas

These quick and easy chicken quesadillas are the perfect, last-minute family dinner!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of Mexican spice mix
  • 4 Tortillas
  • Cheddar
  • Salt, to taste

METHOD:

  1. Put shredded chicken breast, tomato sauce, chives, and mexican spice mix in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Lay out the tortillas. Place a slice of cheddar in the center, and cover with the chicken mix.
  3. Fold up tortillas, and heat in a frying pan until golden.
  4. Enjoy!

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