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TOO SPICY?

Posted by JENIE=) Sunday, December 19, 2010


Mexicans and Koreans are known to favor spicy food if we look the world over...but countrywide, it's in Bicol, they say, where you can find most who favors them. But honestly, I see them almost everywhere around. A lot of Filipino's favor hot and spicy foods, me and my family included! And the most common spice you see in our meals are the chili peppers. More commonly called "siling labuyo" here.

I personally think it gives kick to an already palatable food, making it more favorable. More often than not it is in our table condiment of fish sauce, soy sauce or vinegar. If and when the meal was cooked just right, I just get some of its sauce and squeeze the "siling labuyo" in it to be mixed with every spoonful of food I eat. Slurp!

But then, not everybody can handle too much heat. Sometimes they were caught unawares or maybe tries to be better than another believing he can take it as well...and end up red in the face, experience profuse sweating, teary eyed and burned tongue! Believing any drink can help alleviate the sizzling hot spice, people gulp glass upon glass of whatever they can grab. What I can advice you though is to drink a glass of milk in case you get yourself into such trouble. Rationale? A chemical called capsaicin that is present in chili peppers binds to your taste buds and milk binds to capsaicin more tightly than capsaicin binds to your taste buds. Therefore, when you drink the milk down, the capsaicin goes down with it. Water dilutes it only momentarily, and sugary juices make it worse by opening up your taste buds and allowing more capsaicin in. The problem comes when you are not a milk drinker. Solution? Make sure that the food is not too spicy for you then.

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