Study: Chilies could make you live longer – Deseret News

Spicy chilis may do more than make you sweat and run toward the bathroom — they could save your life, CNN reports.

What’s going on: Researchers recently found that eating chili peppers can cut the risk of heart attack and stroke, especially if they’re eaten regularly, according to CNN.

  • Researchers discovered risk of death from heart attack was 40% lower among those who ate chili peppers at least four times in one week.
  • Death from a stroke was cut in half.

Method: The study reviewed the risk of deaths for 23,000 people. Some of these people ate chilis. Others did not. The researchers reviewed eating habits for eight years.

What they’re saying: Study lead author Marialaura Bonaccio said the chili is what makes the difference.

  • Bonaccio: “An interesting fact is that protection from mortality risk was independent of the type of diet people followed.”
  • Bonaccio: “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.”

What helps: Scientists believe it’s capsaicin — a compound in chilis that gave it the spice — that may provide the impact, according to Medical News Today.

  • Capsaicin “has been observed to favorably improve cardiovascular function and metabolic regulation in experimental and population studies.”

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