Eating spicy foods=longer life

Learn how to make healthy jalapeno poppers here (click pic).
Learn how to make healthy jalapeno poppers here (click pic).

If you don’t like spicy foods, you may want to reconsider and give them a try.  Did you know that eating spicy foods can potentially lengthen your life?  This knowledge has come about from a dietary health study of more than 485,000 people followed over a seven years.

The Chinese study controlled everything from family medical history, age, education, diabetes, smoking, in addition to many other variables and found that eating spicy foods, especially chili peppers, once or twice a week, resulted in a 10% reduced risk for death.  And eating it even more, six to seven times per week, increased the reduced risk of death to 14%.  In addition, remarkably, the spicy food eaters had lower rates of respiratory diseases and cancers.  Learn how to make healthy jalapeno poppers here.

But although more research is needed, it was noted that capsaicin, the main ingredient in chili peppers, has been known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects; which has been proven in other studies.  “We need more evidence, especially from clinical trials, to further verify these findings,” said the co-author and associate professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Lu Qi.  He also noted, “and we are looking forward to seeing data from other populations.”

-source of information of this study-NY Times.com


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