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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:35 am

Researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 per cent reduction in total mortality - primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke.

Using National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) III data collected from more than 16,000 Americans who were followed for up to 23 years, medical student Mustafa Chopan and Professor of Medicine Benjamin Littenberg, M.D., examined the baseline characteristics of the participants according to hot red chili pepper consumption.

They found that consumers of hot red chili peppers tended to be "younger, male, white, Mexican-American, married, and to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and consume more vegetables and meats, and had lower HDL-cholesterol, lower income, and less education," in comparison to participants who did not consume red chili peppers.

They examined data from a median follow-up of 18.9 years and observed the number of deaths and then analysed specific causes of death.

"Although the mechanism by which peppers could delay mortality is far from certain, Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels, which are primary receptors for pungent agents such as capsaicin (the principal component in chili peppers), may in part be responsible for the observed relationship," said the study authors.

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1168383/how-to-live-longer-health-diet-chili-peppers

There must be a reason some people crave foods like this -- now we see more advantages to eating hot chilies (others that have already been found include improving circulation and reducing inflammation).

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Post by eddie on Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:48 am

Chillis and other hot spices also help clear airways and help people cough up phlegm - which is the enemy of the human body (think milk, cheese and dairy...all make people produce too much phlegm).

I can see chillis being a superfood. Most naturally brightly-coloured foods are good for us.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:02 am

eddie wrote:Chillis and other hot spices also help clear airways and  help people cough up phlegm - which is the enemy of the human body (think milk, cheese and dairy...all make people produce too much phlegm).

I can see chillis being a superfood. Most naturally brightly-coloured foods are good for us.

Poor chilies, they evolved their heat to keep from being eaten, just to have humans (and some apes) come along and develop a taste for them Laughing

But they're great in many ways. It's even been shown that eating chilies causes the brain to release the same endorphins as exercise does. You can literally chill out on chilies!

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Post by nicko on Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:36 am

I ate Chilies once, I now understand what "ring of fire" means !
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Post by 'Wolfie on Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:07 pm

really the devil

I prefer to consume my chillies in chilli sauces, and in things like pies and tacos/stews/casseroles...

P.S. the concept of "superfoods" !!! Populist unscientific bulldust, and spawn of internet scammers-- no genuine nutritionist/dietician will use that nonsensical term..

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Post by Maddog on Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:46 am

'Wolfie wrote: really the devil

I prefer to consume my chillies in chilli sauces, and in things like pies and tacos/stews/casseroles...

P.S.  the concept of "superfoods"  !!!   Populist unscientific bulldust, and spawn of internet scammers--  no genuine nutritionist/dietician will use that nonsensical term..

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https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/10-superfoods-to-boost-a-healthy-diet-2018082914463

I eat all of them by the way. Perhaps that explains my super attitude. tongue

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Post by nicko on Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:18 am

Superior attitude you mean Laughing
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Post by Maddog on Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:45 pm

nicko wrote:Superior attitude you mean Laughing


Sometimes superior, usually super. Wink

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