When I came across this research, I was a little bit upset that I am not a spicy food lover, as research has shown that eating some spicy foods, such as chilies may extend our lives by reducing all cause and specific cause mortality. It has been shown that all cause mortality risk is 13% lower with a sufficient red chili pepper intake.
This information was found by scientists Chopan and Littenberg in 1988. The data they found suggested that hot red chili pepper consumption was strongly linked with a reduced risk of death from vascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.
During this procedure of gathering data, the two surveyed 16,000 adults on their background, eating habits and current health from 1988 to 1994, and were followed up on for a period of 18 years. Total mortality rates for patients who consumed chili peppers were 21.6% compared to 33.6% for those who didn’t. Amazing.
The reasoning for this is, that in hot peppers, such as jalapenos, the spicy flavor, comes from a compound called capsaicin. Studies have suggested that this compound can offer many health benefits.
Other health benefits may be that the chilies metabolize fat breakdown and storage for energy in different organs, protecting against plaque buildup, high cholesterol and obesity. This, in turn, can also reduce hypertension and type 2 diabetes, as well as deactivate certain regulators of cellular growth, which could stop tumors. Different types of hot peppers also contain B, C and pro-A vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects.
It is unknown by how much we should increase our hot chili intake in order to get these effects, however a switch from ham on your pizzas to jalapenos may be a good shout.
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