A new study published by researchers at the University of Vermont suggests that consumption of spicy foods may lead to a longer life. The study found that consumption of hot red chilli peppers is associated with a 13% reduction in total mortality. The reason that spicy foods lead to a longer life is not yet known, but some experts believe that capsaicin, the main ingredient that causes spiciness in peppers, helps regulate blood flow and prevent obesity in humans. Past research and ancient traditions show a trend between consumption of spicy food and various health benefits.
Dietary recommendations may now focus more on spicy foods especially for individuals with heart and weight problems.