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August 31, 2015 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

Turn Up the Heat for a Longer Life

chilipepperIf you enjoy eating spicy foods, you will be pleased to hear that this palate preference may also lengthen your life. In a new study that followed the health and diets of over 450,000 Asian study subjects for a median of 7 years, those consuming spicy foods often were less likely to die. Relative to those consuming spicy foods less than once a week, those who ate spicy foods 3 or more days a week had a 14 percent lower risk of death, including death from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illness. All varieties of hot peppers, both dried and fresh are home to unique bioactive compounds with potential medicinal effects. So whether you fancy a dash of chili pepper, a shake or two of hot sauce, or fresh diced chilies, this hot habit may give you more life. (BMJ,2015 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.h3942)