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Here's Why There's No Excuse For Not Eating Spicy Food

It may make you live longer, shows US study

BY Sarah Rense | Jan 24, 2017 | Food & Drink

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For a longer life, make more friends on Facebook, lift weights over the age of 65, and, according to a new study in PLOS One, eat spicy red chili peppers. And honestly, eating spicy red chili peppers is probably the least painful option on that list.

After 23 years studying over 16,000 American adults, researchers of the study recorded just under 5,000 deaths. After controlling for health issues, they determined that the participants who ate hot red chili peppers were 13 percent less likely to die than those who did not.

According to The New York Times, although the findings are purely observational, capsaicin, the component that makes chili peppers spicy hot, "has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that may be linked to disease prevention." (Capsaicin is used in some salves to combat joint or muscle pain, for instance.) As The Times noted, a recent study conducted in 2015 in China produced similar results.

Chili peppers, besides potentially warding off death, have been shown to prevent muscle cramps in athletes. They are also delicious. So that's three reasons to eat them more often.

From: Esquire US.


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