Study Finds Eating Spicy Foods Can Make You Live Longer

As they say, adding a touch of spice to your daily meal has great advantages, mostly because it enhances your appetite. But could it be that those who like it hot are also improving their health?

Study Finds Eating Spicy Foods Can Make You Live LongerResearchers in China are reporting findings from an extensive study and said that those who regularly consume spicy food had a slightly lower mortality risk over seven years of follow-up, than those who ate them less than once a week.

The research was carried out over a period of seven years and involved 487,375 participants keeping track of how much spicy food they were eating. The responses were “never” or “almost never”, “only occasionally”, “one or two days a week”, “three to five days a week”, or “six or seven days a week”. On average, those who ate spicy food six or seven days a week had a 14 percent lower mortality risk than those who never or almost never ate it; for those who had it once or twice a week, the reduction was 10 percent.

Out of 487,375 participants, 20,224 died over the average seven year study period. When the results were adjusted for age and other influential factors, those who had spicy food – usually in the form of chilli peppers, chilli sauce or chilli oil – six or seven times a week, were found to have a 14 per cent lower mortality risk than those who rarely consumed such foods.Study Finds Eating Spicy Foods Can Make You Live LongerIt’s not the first time scientists have suggested a link between health benefits and chillies, which have been variously promoted as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer agents down the years. However, no one has yet put together a truly scientific, laboratory-controlled experiment into the effects of spicy food – something that may now happen thanks to the newly published research.

The study was controlled to take into account factors such as family medical history, age, education, diabetes, smoking, and many other variables, though there’s still not enough yet to make a ‘causal inference’ – that is, to say that hot and spicy foods can definitely help to avoid death for longer.

Study Finds Eating Spicy Foods Can Make You Live LongerAccording to reports,

Further prospective studies in other populations would be essential to demonstrate generalizability of these findings. More evidence will lead to updated dietary recommendations and development of functional foods, such as herbal supplements.”

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