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Milk Easing the "hotness" of Spicy Food

Postby b_d_41501 » Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:34 pm

How does milk ease the "hotness" of spicy food?
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Postby b_d_41501 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:11 pm

I finally found the answer. Capsaicinoids are found primarily in the pepper’s placenta, the white “ribs” that run down the middle and along the sides of a pepper. Because the seeds are in close contact with the ribs, they are also often hot. Caution should be exercised in handling some of the more fiery peppers as their juice can burn the skin and damage the eyes. Because capsaicins are not water-soluble, drinking milk (with milk fat and proteins) rather than water is a more effective way to quench the fire caused by hot peppers.
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Postby James » Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:03 pm

So is it our taste buds that sense spicy food as hot?
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Postby mith » Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:47 pm

Probably not, since skin can feel the "hotness" too.
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Postby b_d_41501 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:17 pm

I'm guessing it's just generalized chemical reactions on the surface of skin, tongues, etc.
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:53 pm

Actually it is an ion channel activated by capsaicine. In the presnce of that substance the channel opens and Na+ and Ca2+ ions rush into the cells, giving you that special feeling. This is an interesting phenomenon since usually ion channels only work for one ion, not 2
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Postby b_d_41501 » Fri Jun 10, 2005 3:38 am

That's awesome. thanks for the explanation
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Jun 10, 2005 8:38 pm

No problem, i like cellular bio(absolutely love the transport part). By the way, i would not mention that in a school report since i know it from the alberts book and a high school teacher might not know it :wink:
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Postby b_d_41501 » Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:05 pm

I'm a Junior in College.lol
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:11 pm

Then your cellular biology teacher probably knows what i am talking about
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Postby b_d_41501 » Fri Jun 10, 2005 10:37 pm

Yeah, he worked for the National Institutes for Health for Cancer research. He knows mostly everything there is to know. lol
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