Here is very good news for all those people who enjoy spicy food. Research proves that regular consumption of spicy food can increase longivity. Basically, consumption of spicy food has been found linked with a reduction in premature death. Research recently published in the BMJ journal says that there seems to be a definite link between consumption of spices, especially fresh chillies, and decreased risk of premature death.

The researchers collected dietary data of 500000 people in China, aged between 30-79. The health of sample and their dietary data was monitored for 7 years. 20000 people died during the duration of the study. The results showed that people who consumed spicy food once a week were less likely to die prematurely than people who didn’t. Further, people who consumed spicy food 3 or more days a week were 14% less likely to die prematurely as compared to people who did not consume spicy food!

This is ascribed to the fact that spicy food changes the gut bacteria composition and lowers inflammation in the body.Capsaicin, found in chilli peppers is known to have anti-obesity, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties.

So this is another yummy reason for you to include more chilli peppers (fresh and dried) in the family diet!

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Lavanya Mehra


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