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Best Drinks To Reduce Burn From Spicy Foods

Spicy food is one of the top choices of some people. That hot sensation adds to the thrill of eating your favorite food and having fun with friends. 

However, some may get overwhelmed and find their food being “too hot!” What was supposedly a fun dinner turned into a disaster because of the unexpected burn. 

But some food lovers are prepared for such situation. They have different kinds of drinks ready beside their plates just in case their spicy wings surprised them for being extra spicy. 

Milk is among the top options. And researchers from Penn State University suggested that it should be the top choice to help reduce the burn. 

The idea comes from a new study, published in Physiology and Behavior, aimed to identify the best beverage to help clear the mouth of  the lingering burn. In tasting experiments, researchers used capsaicin, an extract from chili peppers, which cause warming and burning sensations.

The team invited 72 people to join tasting tests with five beverages. Each participant drank spicy Bloody Mary mix with capsaicin and were asked to rate the initial burn.

As the burn starts to occur, the researchers then provided purified water, cola, cherry-flavored Kool-Aid, seltzer water, non-alcoholic beer, skim milk and whole milk. 

The participants rated the sensation every other drink. After eight trials, the researchers found that all beverages significantly reduced the burn caused by the spicy mix. However, whole milk, skim milk and Kool-Aid made the largest reductions in burn. 

"We weren't surprised that our data suggest milk is the best choice to mitigate burn, but we didn't expect skim milk to be as effective at reducing the burn as whole milk," Alissa Nolden, lead researcher and an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, said in a statement. "That appears to mean that the fat context of the beverage is not the critical factor and suggests the presence of protein may be more relevant than lipid content."

Nolden suggests that the presence of fat, protein and sugar potentially helped in reducing the spicy effect of capsaicin. The researcher noted further study is required to understand how these beverages work to reduce burn.

Milk New study confirms that milk should be the top choice to help reduce the burn caused by eating spicy food. Pixabay

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