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August 17th, 2009
Hot food is usually served in small quantities with foods that cool the palate. If you’re new to hot foods and hot sauces, start slowly. Always start with a small amount and add more to taste as desired. Your tolerance for heat will increase the more often you indulge in fiery foods!
Because capsaicin, the chemical that created the heat in chiles and peppers, is an oil based substance, the worst thing you can do is to drink water or beer when your mouth is on fire. They just spread the pain even more! Instead, try some bread, rice, beans, yogurt, sour cream, milk or cheese as they will help absorb the oil and take away the burn.