Published on 10/08/2015
Eating spicy food regularly can extend your life and lower your risk of developing specific conditions, according to a new study.
Chilli and spice could be good for your health
A study has found that people with daily diets that feature spicy foods on a regular basis had a lower risk of developing cancer, ischemic heart disease and respiratory disease. Spices have been linked to health benefits in previous studies and ingredients such as capsaicin can help prevent obesity and cardiovascular conditions.
The study was published in the BMJ and was led by a team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. The team analysed data from the China Kadoorie Biobank, a previous cohort study which looked at roughly 500,000 adults across China. Participants were aged between 30 and 79 and they were quizzed about their eating habits including their spicy food consumption.
The researchers discovered that people who ate spicy foods about 3 to 7 days a week were 14% less likely to have died that those who ate spicy food just once or fewer than once a week. Participants who ate spicy food once a week reduced their risk of death by 10% compared to those who ate fewer than once a week.
The most common spice used by participants was fresh and dried chilli. People who frequently ate chilli in their food had a lowered risk of death from cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
The authors said: “Possible mechanisms might involve the bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactive ingredients and nutrients of spicy foods but further studies are needed to verify our findings."
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