Red Chili Peppers Linked to Longer Life Expectancy
Hot red chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is believed to play a role in preventing obesity and modulating coronary blood flow. A recent study has found that eating hot red chili peppers may be associated with a 13% reduction in total mortality, particularly from heart disease or stroke.
Participants in the study included more than 16,000 Americans who took part in the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey III. All of the participants were followed for an average of 18.9 years. The frequency of hot red chili pepper consumption was measured at the beginning of the study. Total and cause-specific mortality were recorded at the end of the study.
The researchers found that Americans who regularly ate hot chili peppers were more likely to be "younger, male, white, Mexican-American, married, and to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and consume more vegetables and meats . . . had lower HDL-cholesterol, lower income, and less education,” when compared with people who ate fewer hot chili peppers.
Total mortality for consumers of hot red chili peppers was found to be 13% lower than those who did not consume hot red chili peppers.
Researchers from the University of Vermont conducted the study. It was published on January 9, 2017, in PLOS ONE.
Previous studies suggest that hot peppers may help with weight loss. They’re also high in lycopene, which has been associated with health benefits ranging from heart to skin to bone health. Hot chili peppers can be added to sauces, stir fry, or eaten on their own.