How to cool a burning tongue
The easiest way to cool your tongue is drinking milk. it’s readily accessible at the nearest convenience store. Before dying of tongue burning, just run and grab a milk carton, and gulp it. Too exaggerating?
There was a tv show that experimented to figure out the best antidote for pain of spiciness. There were several options including water, milk, coolpis and boiled overcooked rice crust. The winner was milk indeed.
On the tongue
The fat in milk helps remove an element causing spiciness called capsicin from taste buds. Because Milk contains 3.4% of fat and Capsicin is oil-soluble. Keeping milk inside mouth extinguishes a fire for good.
Inside the body
Milk temporarily covers inner surface of the stomach preventing pricking feeling. But the positive effect lasts only few seconds, the it worsen the situation. Stomach lets out acid to digest protein from milk. It acidifies and causess gastric hyperacidity.
Milk is a makeshift. Although it is an effective and efficient method for cooling tongue, it also brings about side effect. Therefore, drink milk only in case of emergency.
The most popular way to save your burning tongue is drinking Coolpis. You might never heard of this name, if you are out of Korea. But it’s very common in spicy food serving restaurant. You can spot cartons of coolpis in the refrigerators there. The only savior from those hot places.
When Korean youngsters eat out spicy food, Coolpis must accompany them. If the restaurant don’t carry it, they sometimes buy and bring it there. There’s even a equation like ‘A drink for Spicy food = Coolpis’
The most effective way was with milk, but milk cannot be a commonly drinkable menu. Some people have lactose intolerance and just don’t like its flavor. The owners of restaurant wanted to find the substitute for milk. That is Coolpis.
3. Other ways
The cool temperature and sweet taste soothe the tongue burning. The spicy taste feels more intensely when hot, so cooling down the tongue with cold drink is a good way. Sweetness also makes you flee from spiciness for a while.
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