Finally, a good reason to not feel guilty about a mid-week take away!
The latest research from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences is saying that those of us partial to a spicy curry once or twice, or even three times, a week are living longer than those who don’t eat spicy food.
People who eat spicy favourites like tikka masala, jalfrezi or vindaloo are 10 per cent less likely to die than those who don’t eat them as often.
Even better news if you have a serious thing for curry because those who snacked on some spicy treats daily had a 14% lower risk of death.
The study was the largest of its kind and the results have also indicated that people who eat spicy foods regularly are in the receiving end of various health benefits. So basically, forget about cooking tonight, you can absolutely indulge in at least once dinner out a week, right?
Apparently regular spice eaters are less likely to die if they were suffering from diabetes, cancer, heart disease or respiratory disease.
The study was conducted using “observational” methods. Which makes us wonder if they need volunteers for a repeat study? We would be open to that for sure.
The bioactive ingredient in spices, capsaicin, is thought to be an anti-obesity, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory wonder spice.
However, some positives from the spice could be erased if people drank alcohol and reduced their exercise.
Thank you science.