Saturday, December 21, 2019

Eat Chilis to Live Longer

Italian research says chili peppers lovers might live longer! 

Researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of IRCCS Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy had set out to investigate whether chili peppers (genus Capsicum), which are a common ingredient in Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean diet, may be linked with a lower risk of death in those who consume them regularly. 

They examined 22,811 citizens of the Molise region, in Italy, participating in the Moli-sani study – and which included a follow-up period of an average of about eight years. 

The findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that participants who ate chili peppers four times a week or more had a 40 percent lower risk of dying of a heart attack compared to those who never or rarely ate them. In addition, the risk of dying from a stroke was more than halved. 

“An interesting fact”, added Marialaura Bonaccio (left), an epidemiologist at Neuromed in Pozzilli, Italy and first author of the publication, “is that protection from mortality risk was independent of the type of diet people followed. 

In other words, someone can follow the healthy Mediterranean diet, someone else can eat less healthily, but for all of them chili pepper has a protective effect”. 

The study is the first to investigate whether eating chili peppers could be linked to a lower risk of death in a European and Mediterranean population, although chili peppers have already been linked to a lower risk of death in Chinese and American populations. 

It’s good to know because I eat chilis almost every day!

Especially, chili padi (bird's eye chilis in English; scientific name Capsicum annuum 'Bird's Eye'; Scoville scale 50,000-100,000 SHU).

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