Cool Your Mouth After Spicy Food
When the innocent-looking red thing you swallowed with your kung pao chicken turns out to be a pepper with 350,000 Scoville
units (in layman's terms: Ouch!), your first impulse is to reach for a glass of water. Don't. “That just spreads the heat
around,” says Shawn Theriot, a quality-assurance manager and food technologist for McIlhenny Company, the maker of Tabasco
Sauce. Instead, “eat a lot of bread or rice,” says Chuck Subra, chef at LaCôte Brasserie, in New Orleans, home of notoriously
spicy Cajun food. Or try dairy products, like milk, sour cream, ice cream, yogurt, butter, or cheese―
the softer the better, says Theriot.