Studies shows that people who consume spicy foods on a regular basis live longer than those who do not consume spicy foods at all. It is a common health myth that eating spice foods gives you ulcers. The two most common reasons people get ulcers is from medication and a bacteria called H. Pylori.
So the study, which was conducted by the British Medical Journal in China, showed that people who consumed spicy foods, mainly the chili pepper, one or two times per week enjoyed a 10 percent overall reduction for risk of death than those who ate spicy foods less than once a week.
Researchers chose China since in China, chili peppers are among the most popular spicy foods consumed nationwide.
They studied more than 485,000 people over four years from 10 geographically different locations, taking into consideration certain health, diet and alcohol consumption considerations, and found that eating spicy foods can prove beneficial.
People who ate spicy foods six or seven times per week were noted as having a 14 percent reduction for risk of death.
Some findings focus on active components like capsaicin found in chili peppers that appear to reduce inflammation and improve metabolic status, gut bacteria and weight. However, increasing your intake moderately, just to one to two or three to five times a week, shows very similar protective effects when the increase is done moderately.
While more research is needed, the link discovered between eating spicy foods and the lowering of risk of death appears positive.