Have you ever wondered why water alone never soothes the tongue after consuming extremely spicy food? Well studies have shown that most spicy food comes from peppers which contain capsaicinoids along with a good percentage oil… and everyone knows that oil and water simply don’t mix. Therefore, you can drink a river of water but your tongue will still tingle. Oh, and anything carbonated (including beer) will intensify the burn. Try milk, YES milk! Surprisingly, the fat and proteins found in milk soothes the burn. So next time you order those hot wings or a sublime order of Pablano Polenta Croutons with Goat Cheese, know that milk does a ‘bud’ good, taste ‘bud’ that is!