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How to Counteract Too Much Hotness in Food

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author image Susan Diranian
Susan Diranian is a writer for various online publications and magazines, specializing in relationships, health, fashion, beauty and fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in nonfiction writing and editing.
How to Counteract Too Much Hotness in Food
Counteract spicy foods with something sweet. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images

Eating spicy foods may boost your metabolism, lower high blood pressure and the risk of a stroke or heart attack, prevent certain cancers and improve your mood. To experience these health benefits, add a dash of hot sauce, shake some red pepper flakes or add a couple of jalapenos in your next meal. If you added too much spice, or the spice was a lot hotter than you expected, then have a few condiments handy, including dairy and sugar.

Step 1

Take a bite of your peppers before adding to your food. If it's too spicy for your tastes, use a knife to cut out the seeds and inner membrane, which is the main sources of heat.

Step 2

Add sugar. If your salsa turned out too spicy or needs a quick fix to counteract too much spice, add sugar or something sweet like pineapple chunks or honey.

Step 3

Use cooling condiments, such as ranch dressing or sour cream, with your meal. Dairy products help counteract the hotness in food.

Step 4

Drink milk or a sweet, non-carbonated beverage like lemonade.

Step 5

Eat bread or rice to absorb the spice.

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