If you’re a lover of spicy food| this news is going to make your day. A new study published in the BMJ| one of the world’s oldest medical journals| says eating spicy food can help you live longer. The researchers who conducted the study analyzed a group of about 500|000 adults in China between 2004 and 2008 and then followed up about seven years later. Of course| many factors were taken into consideration| including alcohol consumption| physical activity| and intake of fresh fruits and vegetables| but the overall result was that people who ate spicy foods more often saw a reduced risk of death.
The official conclusion reads| “In this large prospective study| the habitual consumption of spicy foods was inversely associated with total and certain cause specific mortality| independent of other risk factors of death.” In other words| spicy food totally affected these people’s lives for the better. Specifically| “compared to participants who ate spicy foods less than once a week| those who consumed spicy foods six or seven days a week showed a 14 percent relative risk reduction in total mortality.”
As for what exactly you should eat if you’re aiming to reap all the benefits of spicy foods| the study notes that fresh foods| like fresh chili peppers| are better choices than nonfresh foods| such as chili sauce or dried peppers. “Fresh chili pepper is richer in bioactive ingredients| including capsaicin| vitamin C| and other nutrients such as vitamin A| K| and B6| and potassium|” the study adds.
We already knew that spicy food boosts metabolism and can aid in weight loss| so this news only gives us more of a craving for healthy spicy foods like shakshuka (pictured above)| spicy sweet potato salad| and spicy chicken chili.
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