Aside from rapidly increasing your water consumption by one thousand per cent, chilli has a myriad of health benefits. It’s packed to the brim with vitamin C, assists with sinus congestion, and can even help relieve muscle and joint pain. Sounds like the perfect cold and flu remedy, if you ask us. Not to mention, it also boosts your metabolism (which means you can have that extra biscuit with your afternoon cuppa. Probably). Only problem is, how do you beat the burn?
Let’s break it down. That burning sensation is due to a thing called capsaicin; a compound found in most chilli peppers. When this cheeky compound meets the pain receptors in your mouth, it bonds with them and, well, burns. Although your first instinct is to guzzle down a glass of water, this will actually cause the capsaicin to spread around your mouth and make the spicy sensation worse. So, the trick is to dissolve the capsaicin instead. This can be done by consuming fats and oils, so keep milk, sour cream, yoghurt, or even olive oil by your side next time you chow down some chilli.