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Those who regularly eat spicy dishes can reduce the chance of heading to an early grave by 14 percent, the researchers believe. The healing properties of fresh chili peppers -- especially the ingredient capsaicin -- are thought to be behind the results of the decade-long study. Lu Qi, associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health, said: "Compared with non-fresh spicy foods such as dried chili pepper, chili sauce or chili oil, fresh chili pepper is richer in bioactive ingredients, including capsaicin, vitamin C, and other nutrients such as vitamin A, K, and B6 and potassium.


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Qi said, "We found the inverse associations of spicy food consumption with certain cause specific deaths (cancer, ischemic heart disease and diabetes) seemed to be stronger in those who consumed fresh chili pepper than those who consumed non-fresh spicy foods."


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The observational study found those who ate spicy foods once or twice a week had a 10 per cent reduced risk of death compared with those who consumed them less than once a week.

And those who ate spicy foods more than three days a week saw their chances of early death fall by 14 per cent.

Fresh and dried chilli peppers were the most commonly used spices in those who reported eating spicy foods weekly.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2015-08-05 08:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The observational study found those who ate spicy foods once or twice a week had a 10 per cent reduced risk of death compared with those who consumed them less than once a week."

What the article doesn't say is after sampling the super-spicey Bichon Frise on offer at McWankenstein's Take-Away -- the one next to Wai Zhou Dim Mortuary & Penny Arcade -- those who ate spicy foods one or twice a week were so preoccupied with squatting over a blowhole three meters west of where the Jingjingtang Expressway intersects with the No. 4 Ring Road that they weren't out and about and available -- unlike those who consumed spicy foods less than once a week -- for getting run over during the rickshaw onslaught at rush hour.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2015-08-05 09:34 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

Yeah because your flatulence kills everyone else around you.

#3 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2015-08-06 08:08 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Now if spicy food could also help with erectile dysfunction, those researchers would be on to something...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2015-08-06 08:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

It also aids in the premature moving of the bowels, termed colloquially a "shart."

#5 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2015-08-06 10:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

sweet! I am sooo gonna live longer than my X wife!!

#6 | Posted by earthmuse at 2015-08-06 10:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

All I know is, having spicy Tai or Mexican food on Friday night can have me spending the weekend at Bernie's.

#7 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2015-08-06 11:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

my mom grows all sorts of sweet and hot peppers in her garden in oregon. when i visit late summer, i like to pick a bunch of all different kinds, go inside and place them on top of her electric stovetop and cook them-- low heat-- turning them every five minutes or so until the skins are pretty black. then i take them off and wrap them inside a plastic shopping bag for an hour-- this allows the skins to easily separate from the flesh of the pepper. then i take them out, peel them and seed them, mix them with olive oil and salt, refrigerate them for another hour, and then take them out and eat them with fresh baked italian bread. my hands burn for hours afterwards, but it is damn worth it.

i learned that recipe from a girl named noor my first year in college. she used to do the same thing with peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and garlic on a little hotplate in her dorm room. i think it is north african or something. it made the hallways smell absolutely delicious.

#8 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2015-08-06 11:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

Cayenne pepper dilates your blood vessels, lowering your blood pressure. A new world food, which no one in Asia would believe today, just like no one in Italy would believe a tomato is new world food.

#9 | Posted by nutcase at 2015-08-06 11:50 AM | Reply | Flag:


#10 | Posted by kenx at 2015-08-06 08:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

love me some peppers & hot mexican food

#11 | Posted by kenx at 2015-08-06 08:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

Eat plutonium. Then you will die; but it will not be premature.


#12 | Posted by Shawn at 2015-08-06 11:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yaaaaaa. Well from a personal perspective I will say eating spicy foods would lead to premature death. My digestive tract is intolerant to capsaicin. One might say it is violently so...

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2015-08-07 03:42 PM | Reply | Flag:


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