Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hot to live longer?

Researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont found that eating hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13% reduction in mortality.

You have to be careful of the word "associated" and this means untimely mortality (obviously, all of life is 100% terminal).

The study, published in PLoS ONE, used our favorite dataset--the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES). This involves 16,000 Americans followed for up to 23 years.

In the study, the baseline of chili pepper eaters were younger, male, white, Mexican-American, married, smokers, drinkers, and big veggie and meat eaters. They also had lower HDL (good) cholesterol, income, and education.

With these variables, eating chili peppers seemed to help stave of death by 13%.

Why? Well, the capsaicin, the hot stuff, is believed to play a role in cellular mechanisms preventing obesity and modulating blood flow and also to possess antimicrobial properties which alter the biology of the gut.

The researchers say recommending eating hot peppers or hot food in general might become a recommendation.

In the meantime, no one is stopping you from eating some hot sauce or peppers whenever you want.

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