If you’re someone who likes hot chili peppers, then you’ll like the news from some of the latest research. It has indicated that people who eat them are likely to live longer.
The researchers in the study determined that people who eat hot chili peppers had a risk of death that was 12 percent lower than people who didn’t eat them. This was particularly true in the case of the risk of death associated with heart problems and stroke.
The study was conducted on data spanning 19 years. That said, some critics have cautioned that you might not necessarily want to start popping hot chili peppers for the purpose of trying to live longer. They have warned that it might not necessarily be that the peppers are what is responsible for the longer life spans.
They indicated that the people who eat the peppers live longer not because of the peppers themselves but because of the overall lifestyles hot pepper eaters tend to have. They speculated that people who eat spicy chilis may be more inclined to live more healthfully and therefore experience greater longevity. However, it may not have anything to do with the fact that the chili peppers are a part of what they eat.
That said, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the peppers aren’t a contributing factor. It is only that the study doesn’t prove that they are.
Still, hot peppers can be quite beneficial in your diet. For instance, they often contain high levels of antioxidants. Many people also feel they help to boost their rate of weight loss because the capsaicin in the peppers boosts the body temperature, causing it to burn more calories as body heat.
The study examined data collected from over 16,000 adults who had taken part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1988 through 1994. That study involved a question which asked whether or not the respondents had consumed hot red chili peppers within the thirty days prior to taking the survey. The participants were told that ground red chili did not count.
Those participants who claimed to have eaten hot red chilis in any amount counted for the recent study regarding their consumption and longevity.
The findings did not make it clear specifically why the peppers made people live a longer lifespan. They also didn’t indicate any direct connection between the lowered risk of any particular illness and the consumption of the peppers.