Feel The Burn!

While you enjoy your holiday meals, here’s some food for thought. What can you eat that will help you live longer, healthier?

Brand new results from an 8 year Italian study of 22,000 people reveals those on a Mediterranean diet who ate more chili peppers lowered their risk for dying from a heart attack or stroke by 40%. Those who lived longest ate chili peppers at least 4 times a week. These findings reinforce earlier studies that showed eating spicy food daily reduced the risk of dying by 14%, and the risk of dying from heart disease by 22%.

Doctors say chili peppers contain capsaicin, a compound known to improve heart health.

Now before you pile on the hot sauce or drown everything in sriracha, understand researchers aren’t sure if chili peppers are the sole source of better health. Many believe hot peppers work in combination with the pillars of the Cretan Mediterranean diet. It’s all about eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, which are low fat and cholesterol.

There is no evidence right now eating chili peppers protect you from cancer. And there is no evidence eating even more hot peppers makes you even healthier. Enjoy the burn!

Learn more at: https://www.medpagetoday.com/primarycare/dietnutrition/83929