Chili Peppers

Might help to extend lifespan

A study of more than 16,000 people in the United States revealed that individuals who consumed red chili peppers had a lower risk of death from all causes over an average of 18 years than those who did not eat the spicy food. According to Chopan and Littenberg, only one previous study – published in The BMJ in 2015 – has investigated how the consumption of spicy foods such as chili peppers can impact death risk. It found a link between regular consumption of such foods and reduced all-cause and cause-specific mortality.The new study supports this association, after finding that people who eat hot red chili peppers might have a longer lifespan.

https://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3942

Weight Loss

Eating chilli peppers can help dieters to lose weight by raising their metabolism and burning away fat, according to scientists. Researchers have found that the heat generated by peppers can actually increase your consumption of calories and “oxidise” layers of fat.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/7640261/Chilli-peppers-help-burn-away-the-fat.html

Make you less likely to crave salt

Oddly enough, having a diet high in spice means you’ll be more likely to keep your food low in sodium, which is good for your heart health. That’s the conclusion of a study in 2017 by the American Heart Association, which showed that the more spicy you enjoy your food, the more you can detect salt in general. And sensitivity to salt means that you’re satisfied with a lot less in your dishes — which leads to less of a reliance on the salt shaker, and lower blood pressure.

https://www.ahajournals.org/lookup/doi/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.117.09950