Some foods are better than others, spicy is better than sweet and sour is healthier than salty. A new study which analyzed the food habits and health details of almost half a million Chinese people revealed that those who consumed spicy food six or seven days a week had a 14% lower risk of dying, compared with those who ate spicy less than once a week.
Spices work very well as antioxidants and fat burners. They do a great job in clearing our bodies from microbes and other unhealthy substances we ingest from other foods. Eating spicy is associated with a significantly lower risk of death due to cancer, ischemic heart diseases and respiratory diseases in both sexes. When it comes to women, eating spicy corresponds with a reduced risk of death from infections.
Alcohol seems to lower the effects of spicy foods so the links were stronger in those who didn’t consume alcohol.
In terms of relevance, researchers stated that the findings are purely observational and eating lots of spicy food is linked to a bunch of other dietary habits and lifestyle choices or even socio-economic status. Chinese people are well known for eating spicy while Mediterranean diets are more supportive of light tastes and foods. Americans are more driven towards fast-food, fat-rich foods and Europeans have an extremely diversified range of dietary habits. The Asian markets are the most famous for using spices in large quantities in order to improve the taste of their dishes. And their levels of health altogether.
Experts have recognized that spices have extremely beneficial health effects. According to their analysis, capsaicin, namely the ingredient that gives chilli peppers their burning hot taste, fights inflammation, high blood pressure, obesity and cancer. There are a lot of treatments based on the ingredient, both supportive of diets and heart diseases. Chilli peppers are also used in treatments to fight cellulitis and to detoxify our bodies.
Some of the evidence that supports eating spicy foods is related to experiments performed on animals and a batch of other small studies. By now, there have been no large pieces of research looking at the link between spicy foods and mortality. We do not yet know for sure if eating spicy foods is indeed associated with living longer.
It seems that the benefits of spices apply to a larger extent when it comes to women. Researchers analyzed women separately from men and they found that women who ate spicy foods most often were 45% less exposed to die of infections, compared to women who ate spicy less than once a week. There was no similar link for men. Conclusion is that you can spice up your life with spicy food and live better and longer.
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