A new observational study carried out by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences shows a link between weekly consumption of spicy foods and a longer lifespan. Great news for those of you who love your hot sauce and chili peppers (on everything).
The study followed 487,375 people aged 30-79 for approximately seven years. They were monitored regularly, and different things such as age, gender and physical activity were factored in.
What researchers found is pretty awesome:
Compared with participants who ate spicy foods less than once a week, those who consumed spicy foods 1 or 2 days a week were at a 10% reduced risk of death (hazard ratios for death was 0.90). And those who ate spicy foods 3 to 5 and 6 or 7 days a week were at a 14% reduced risk of death (hazard ratios for death 0.86, and 0.86 respectively).
In other words, participants who ate spicy foods almost every day had a relative 14% lower risk of death compared to those who consumed spicy foods less than once a week.
Chili peppers were the way most of the people in the study were spicing up their life, and the regular consumption of these peppers also seemed to have a positive effect on lowering the possibility of death from cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
While the researchers say more studies have to be done to say anything definitive about the connection between getting your spicy fix and living longer, these results are certainly encouraging.
We frequently use cayenne in our smoothies because of its nutrient quality (the antioxidant capsaicin, which is found in cayenne, helps to jump start metabolism and aids in detoxification), and find that starting a day with a little kick is an excellent way to wake up!
The next time you go grocery shopping, pick up a fresh chilli or two. There are so many recipes out there, even the most novice of cooks can find a way to add it to their weekly menu.
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