It’s a well-established fact that people who tend to eat food with spicy condiments (i.e. hot red chili peppers or jalapenos) tend to live a healthier and longer life than people who prefer a limited variety of spices (i.e. salt, pepper, oregano, cumin). A recent study managed to scientifically prove why spicy food is healthier and can prolong life.
For some of us, a meal cannot be complete without something spicy on the side, be it a juicy hot red chili pepper or some cayenned pepper. There’s a good reason why most doctors recommend spicy food – it promotes good cardiovascular health and keeps cancer at bay.
A recent study from the Larner College of Medicine (University of Vermont) proved that people who eat spicy dishes like vindaloo pork, shrimp creole, hot chicken wings with Tabasco sauce, or jerk chicken, tend to live longer than people who prefer to season their meals lightly.
Dubbed one of the largest studies focused on the hidden benefits of spicy food, this project involved more than 16,000 patients, whose meal habits have been tracked for more than two decades. The scientists working on the project used the data provided by the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey III.
Their findings were more than astonishing. After running the numbers, the team discovered that consuming hot red chili peppers on a daily basis, the risk of dying due to cancer or a cardiovascular-related issue decreased by 13 percent. In addition, the team discovered that hot red chili peppers could also lower cholesterol.
The researchers discovered that all people who consumed spicy food on a daily basis are most likely young and of Mexican-American descent. In addition, it would seem that all people who consume this food are married, and even though they tend to consume alcohol and smoke, they eat more vegetables than other people.
Moreover, the team has also discovered that all those who tend to consume more spicy food have less education and tend to earn less than people who don’t eat spicy food. Even the death toll said a lot of the hidden benefits of consuming spicy food.
The team discovered that during the study, approximately 5,000 participants died. Crunching the numbers reveals that 33.6 percent of all participants who died did not eat hot red chili pepper-based meals as opposed to 21.6 percent of dead participants who ate at least one spicy meal per day.
The conclusion of the study is that spicy food can lower cholesterol, prevents cardiovascular issues and cancer.
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