Can't get enough hot sauce? The heartburn is worth it: all that spiciness might just be extending your life. The New York Times reports that a new study links eating chilli peppers with living longer.
Harvard researchers analysed a Chinese health study of 485,000 people, who were followed for around seven years each. The researchers gave the participants medical exams and questionnaires about diet and lifestyle. Over the time period of the study, which was published in BMJ, 20,224 of those people died.
They found that the spicier your diet, the longer you tend to live. People who ate food flavoured with chilli peppers (and other spices) were 10 percent less likely to die, and people who ate spicy food six or seven times a week had a 14 percent lower risk of death. These results were controlled for factors like age, smoking, and family medical history. The correlation was even stronger than the link between abstaining from alcohol and living longer.
Though the researchers won't definitively say why chilli peppers are linked to a longer life, they did point to the fact that spicy food fans were also less likely to have cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease. A main ingredient in spicy foods, capsaicin, has been known to have positive health effects.
From: Esquire US