» Importance

Whether food has an impact on your overall health is abundantly clear … however, the importance of spicy food on health has not been established.

» Aim

This particularly study assesses the fundamental question of whether eating spicy foods has any effect on mortality.

» Results

This study was published in the British Medical Journal and showed that eating spicy foods, once or twice a week, was linked to a 10% drop in the overall risk of death during the study – as compared with eating such foods less than once weekly.

When people ate spicy food between 3-7 days per week, it appeared to lower the risk of death by 14%.  Fresh chili peppers were specifically linked to a lower risk of dying as a result of Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

» Conclusion

It may be of added benefit to your long-term health if you add some “spiciness” to your daily diet.

» Reference