A long-term study carried out by Canadian researchers found that eating chili peppers or spicy food, in general, may potentially lead to a longer life.
Spicy foods are a touch-and-go subject. Whilst some love them, others hate them. Still, chili peppers are a well known potential cure. They have been used in treating diseases for quite some centuries. However, their association with our health and death was quite unexplained.
As such, a team of researchers took to studying the link. They are part of the University of Vermont. Research on the matter was released earlier this week. The study was published in the PLoS journal.
It was titled as follows. “The Association of Hot Red Chili Peppers Consumption and Mortality: A Large Population-Based Cohort Study”.
Data for the research came from the NHANES. This is the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey. The IIIrd, it included a representative sample of U.S. adults. It was conducted in between 1988 to 1994. Over 16,000 people took part in it
The survey was specifically focused on the chili peppers consumption habits. Participating members had an average age of around 18 at the beginning of the survey. They were followed up over the next 23 years. During this period, almost 5,000 of the participants died.
Their pepper consumption habits were analyzed. Research established that the mortality rate for chili peppers eaters was of around 21 percent. This is about 13 percent lower when compared to that of the non-pepper eaters. These later registered an almost 34 percent mortality rate.
Results were adjusted including a number of factors. Clinical characteristics, demographic, and lifestyle were included. Even so, the previous results remained consistent.
The research shows that chili peppers consumers presented a lower risk of strokes or heart diseases. Study authors pointed out the following. The pepper consumption – all cause mortality ratio was inverse. Results remained consistent even after including the adjustments.
Chili peppers might also help with vascular diseases. However, the consumption rates led to a statistically nonsignificant trend. Other mortality causes registered no connections. Overall, the chili peppers consumption was associated with a 13 percent reduction. This targeted the instantaneous death hazards.
But what is so special about chili peppers? Not even the researchers can answer this question. However, they did propose a theory. Capsaicin is believed to contribute. It is a base component in chili peppers.
This is an active component. It is known for its beneficial effects. It can help regulate the blood flow and also burn fats. Capsaicin may potentially help fight back infections. The component may play a role in molecular and cellular mechanisms. As such, it could also help prevent obesity.
Still, the authors point out another fact. Their research is still somewhat lacking. More exactly, its evidence base. This latter only included one large population survey. But it did not include other nations. More exactly, data from North America or Europe would still be needed.
Still, the researchers hope that this will lead to more studies. They could potentially help determine a direct link between the food and mortality. It could also lead to a more beneficial diet. As such, spicy food, and chili peppers may become the newest dietary recommendation.
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