Why Does Spicy Food Make Us Cry? Which Drink Is The Best ‘Antidote’? | Talking Point Extra

In this #TalkingPointExtra, we challenge host Steven Chia, along with heat lovers Jeynelle Ng (aka buffbaby88 /@buffbaby 88 ) and Muhammad Azrie, to try 4 popular types of spicy food. As part of an earlier #TalkingPoint episode, Steven had trained…

Why Does Spicy Food Make Us Cry? Which Drink Is The Best ‘Antidote’? | Talking Point Extra

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In this #TalkingPointExtra, we challenge host Steven Chia, along with heat lovers Jeynelle Ng (aka buffbaby88 /@buffbaby 88 ) and Muhammad Azrie, to try 4 popular types of spicy food.

As part of an earlier #TalkingPoint episode, Steven had trained his spice tolerance and eaten mala hotpot and stir-fried mala (https://youtu.be/Ztd94OgON5o) But how does he fare against spice lovers?

00:00 McSpicy
01:46 Spicy buffalo wings
02:22 Stir-fried mala
03:39 Korean ramen
06:04 Drinks that help to combat the spice

Dr Wang Yu Tien, gastroenterology and liver specialist from Gleneagles Hospital, explains that spicy food contains capsaicin, which binds to pain receptors in our tongue and nose, causing us to cry. When capsaicin binds to pain receptors in the stomach and intestines, it triggers symptoms like nausea and diarrhoea.

As capsaicin is water-insoluble, water would not help. According to Dr Wang, beer and milk-based drinks such as milkshakes are more effective; alcohol in beer might help wash out the oil in capsaicin, while milk contains a protein, casein, that breaks down capsaicin.

WATCH: More behind-the-scenes and post-episode commentary on Talking Point Extra:
Fried Chicken Mukbang Taste Test by Steven & Kids + Tips To Make It More Crispy: https://youtu.be/G9-Tljse0ow
Intermittent Fasting Made My Dad Cranky: Lucy & Steven Chia Spill The Beans: https://youtu.be/_y5uitM0AxU
How To Go On A Low-Salt Diet in Singapore? Rai Tries For 2 Weeks: https://youtu.be/EKjU11M186s

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