If you think you’ll be able to get through this spicy challenge without the survival guide, you’re horribly mistaken. So here’s a little tid-bit on what could best suit your tongue and throat when you’re in need to relieve the burn. Chili peppers contain an active component called capsaicin (kap-sey–uh-sin). The receptors, that capsaicin binds to, are found throughout our body called TRPV1 receptors. The activation of the TRPV1 receptor on the tongue produces the sensation of heat or abrasion, causing that burning sensation we are all familiar with.
Don’t feel bad when you reach for that relieving glass of milk or that chilling scoop of ice cream. Mammal’s milk contains a protein called casein. Casein acts as a detergent on capsaicin due to it being a “fat-loving” protein. To best describe this protein, it acts as the dish soap to the grease of your pan… the grease being capsaicin and the pan being your tongue. So pour that cold glass of milk wherever you feel that burn, we won’t judge. Remember, the higher the fat, the better… (Something everyone wants to hear in general).
If you’ve drank all the milk but you know it’s going to hit your stomach harder than it hit your tongue, take that shot of pepto or pop a tums! Acid reflux is not fun, nor is chucking the hot sauce back up your esophagus. Hey, if you’re really committed to the game, eat a high fat meal or snack before entering the challenge and your stomach will thank you once you’ve taken the first bites of your death wings.
Contrary to popular belief, not all beers will help with that burn you’re feeling. Try to grab a sweet, milky, or nitrogen rich beer. Just a regular hoppy IPA or lager might make the pain worse, as the bubbly fizz adds to the uncomfortable burning pain. But hey, maybe you just need to get a little inebriated to forget about the pain, in that case, order that shot of jack too. (Honey Jack might actually help from its sweetness)!!