Could hot chilli peppers reduce mortality risk?


ISLAMABAD -- According to a recent study, people who regularly consume chilli peppers have a reduced mortality risk compared with those who never eat chillies. Chilli peppers are now a global phenomenon. From Cambodia to California, and from Birmingham, Alabama to Birmingham, United Kingdom, spicy food is ubiquitous. Throughout history, cultures have associated various health benefits with eating chilli peppers. However, as one of the authors of the recent study,

Prof. Licia Iacoviello, explains, many of these beneficial properties have been ascribed "mostly on the basis of anecdotes or traditions, if not magic. " In more recent times, scientists have focused on capsaicin, the compound that gives chilli their unmistakable punch. According to the authors of the latest study, capsaicin "has been observed to favourably improve cardiovascular...

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