STATES CHRONICLE – People who enjoy eating spicy, especially hot pepper may want to hear that this can increase their chances to leave a longer life. A new study has proved that these hot vegetables help us live a longer life. Based on the new study conducted by researchers from the University of Vermont, eating hot peppers was associated by scientists with reducing the risks of death due to stroke or heart disease.
The study has analyzed approximately 16,000 American men of different races, smoking patterns, education levels, dietary habits and ages for about 23 years. Researchers examined whether or not chili peppers were included in their diet. The new study was recently published in the PLoS One magazine. Scientists suggested that the results of the analysis revealed that people who were used to eat spicy foods, especially hot pepper, lived longer than those who avoided this kind of foods.
Nevertheless, many scientists are of the opinion that further research needs to be conducted to find conclusive proofs which could attest this statement. Some theorize that the component is known as capsaicin, which gives pepper the spicy taste, is responsible for increasing blood flow, being also correlated with a decreased risk of obesity.
However, the research is still under development due to the fact that scientists need to find palpable evidence which explicitly shows that hot peppers are connected with lower death rates. The study showed that those who regularly consume hot pepper presented a 13% reduction in mortality rates. The study also included data about the participants.
The profile of the average person who consumes hot pepper was pictured to be a young male, most likely Mexican-American, who smoked cigarettes and drunk alcohol, eating more meat and vegetables, having a lower income and less education. This typology also presented a lower HDL-cholesterol.
The study authors stated that they are not aware of the methods through which peppers could lead to a longer lifespan, but they know that the Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels may be responsible for this connection as mentioned above. The TRP represent primordial receptors for pungent agents like capsaicin. Hot pepper is known to reduce obesity and also the risk of heart diseases. Starting with 2013, heart disease and stroke were listed among the ten leading causes of death in the US.
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