Warning to Those Wanting to Spice Up Their Lives

Posted on July 23, 2019

Chili is a popular spice that is commonly used in various dishes, especially in Asian cuisines. According to prior studies, chili consumption has benefits that are related to blood pressure and weight. However, a recent research conducted in the University of South Australia has found links between having a spicy diet and developing dementia.

The research involved a 15-year longitudinal study of Chinese adults who are above 55 years old. Results indicated that individuals who continuously consume more than 50 grams of chili daily may experience cognitive decline.

This shows that eating more than 50 grams of chili a day doubles the risk of memory and cognitive decline in older adults. Additionally, participants who are slim had greater memory decline. Individuals who eat plenty of chili tend to earn less and have a lower body mass index (BMI). They were also physically fitter.

Researchers have explained that people with a normal body weight might have a higher sensitivity to chili than heavier individuals. Therefore, chili consumption has a greater impact on their cognitive functioning and BMI.

An active component in chili known as capsaicin has been said to boost metabolism and reduce fat. However, this is the first study that has ventured into the relationship between chili consumption and cognitive abilities.


Source material from Science Daily

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