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Old 03-09-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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Spicy Food


We have a restaurant that will sell a very spicy slice of pizza as a contest. If you eat all of it you get a shirt and free food. Many people have thrown up during/after eating it, and I've heard it tastes like it should be "coming out the other end". The proprietors won't divulge the ingredients.

Just for fun, I'm considering trying it out. Maybe at least give my son and friends a laugh in the mean time.

But I would like to know what might be available to curb the spicy taste before I eat the pizza? I was thinking maybe a tablespoon of olive oil to coat my mouth and throat.

What do you think?
 
Old 03-09-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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Do it the Homer way => candle grease
 
Old 03-09-2009, 03:21 PM   #3
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Yeah, I read about that ... but we're talking about a cartoon here ... who knows what would happen if someone did that in real life?
 
Old 03-09-2009, 03:37 PM   #4
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Milk is the way to go. In the UK we're big vindaloo fans, and (to quote Lister from Red Dwarf), what's the only thing that can kill a vindaloo? A lager!
 
Old 03-09-2009, 05:48 PM   #5
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Condolences in advance to your family.
 
Old 03-09-2009, 05:54 PM   #6
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I tend to agree with XavierP's lager suggestion thought I would be cautious and drink at least 6 pints before touching the food.

I do not condone binge drinking.
 
Old 03-09-2009, 07:10 PM   #7
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Kaopektate is good. It's alkaloid nature prevents the acid binding effect of the spice. Has to be done about 15 minutes before consumption.
 
Old 03-10-2009, 08:43 AM   #8
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It's not what it does to my stomach that I'm worried about. It's the burn as it goes down. Need to coat my mouth with something.

Further research says that peppers have a chemical that excites the nerves. It's not an acid that does it. And fatty drinks react to the chemical, breaking it down.

If I *ever* do it (I haven't quite worked myself up to it), I'll let you guys know how it works out!
 
Old 03-10-2009, 08:59 AM   #9
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If I *ever* do it (I haven't quite worked myself up to it), I'll let you guys know how it works out!
Yes, please send us a message from your hospital bed. Or, if the worst comes to the worst, we can hold a seance.
P.S.
We will miss you.

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Old 03-10-2009, 10:35 AM   #10
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It's not what it does to my stomach that I'm worried about. It's the burn as it goes down. Need to coat my mouth with something.
Sugar is fairly effective for this, but, unfortunately, only briefly.
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Further research says that peppers have a chemical that excites the nerves. It's not an acid that does it.
Quite true, and also the chemical is not at all harmful, so the nerve excitement is only that, doing you no harm.
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And fatty drinks react to the chemical, breaking it down.
I doubt this. Consider typical Indian food - spices simmered in ghee (clarified butterfat). If fat broke down the chemical, would Indian food still taste spicy?
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If I *ever* do it (I haven't quite worked myself up to it), I'll let you guys know how it works out!
Yes, do. Good luck. (And American soft drinks are loaded with sugar.)

Oh, one other thing: Caspian does not stimulate the nerves in the gut, only the those in the skin, so you only feel the burn as it goes in and comes out. The "vomiting" you report is probably either from actually harmful substances in the food or a psychological reaction.

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Old 03-10-2009, 10:55 AM   #11
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Fat doesn't break down the capsaicinoids - they are as many chemical compounds of spices and herbs are - just very good soluble in oily/fatty substances.

Because of that you slightly fry peppers and chilis and all other spicy stuff to unleash the perfect hotness (can I say "heat" here?!). The same princible applies to adding fresh salvia into butter or olive oil for pasta sauces. Or for vanilla in butter for cakes and cookies.

The best way to deal with food too hot is to chew on something dry like rice or bread for example. And don't breathe it in.

Or just train in advance - the ability to eat really spicy food can be trained.
 
Old 03-10-2009, 02:57 PM   #12
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If you don't know what they put in there, I don't recommend you try it. I read the contents of everything before I eat it, because you really are what you eat.
 
Old 03-10-2009, 03:22 PM   #13
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Or just train in advance - the ability to eat really spicy food can be trained.
Very true. I really like those tiny little Thai chilis (พริกขี้หนู)* literal translation "Mouse sh?t chili", according to here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_pepper

They are very hot, but the more I eat them, the more I want MORE of them. I used to tolerate the heat for the aroma and flavour, but now I just like them too much and don't care about the heat. I used to put three in a curry-for-two, now it's twelve, and soon it'll be twenty, but the acidity of fresh lime juice is essential to balance the flavour and heat.

So, SlowCoder, maybe take some fresh limes to squeeze onto your hot pizza. I am salivating at the thought. Go for it!

*[No, I cannot read Thai either, but I love the way linux handles strange fonts perfectly]
 
Old 03-10-2009, 08:17 PM   #14
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Miracle berry (Synsepalum dulcificum). Efficient but rather expensive (could cost $2.5 a piece).

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Old 03-10-2009, 09:09 PM   #15
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How about staying away from pizza as much as you can... stuff makes me gag...
 
  


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