Bust Out The Sriracha: Science Says Spicy Food Can Help You Live Longer
Those shots of pure Sriracha you do drunkenly at 2 am when your roommate says, “I'll give you $5 to take a shot of just Sriracha,” and you're like, “DONE," may actually be a good idea after all.
According to BMJ, an international peer-reviewed medical journal, China Kadoorie Biobank data revealed people who regularly eat spicy foods could reduce their risks of death by 10 percent when compared to those who don't eat spicy foods.
According to the study, those who made hot foods part of their diets at least once or twice a week showed reduced rates of ischemic heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer.
Don't start throwing raw Carolina Reapers down your mouth just yet.
The study showed eating spicy foods any more than once or twice a week didn't make that big of a difference.
Those who reported they consumed spicy food six or seven times a week only showed a 14 percent increase in reducing their risks of death over those who ate spicy foods once or twice a week.
The study followed 485,000 participants from 2004 to 2008 who were asked to disclose their health statuses and how much spicy food they scarfed down on average.
They were also asked about specifics on how they took in their chilies -- sauces, oils, fresh or dried.
Grub Street says associate Harvard professor and coauthor of the study, Lu Qi, wants to note the results are not definitive proof of hot foods being a Chipotle-topping panacea.
The study simply found a correlation. More studies need to be done to prove anything concrete about the relationship between spicy food and not dying.
I'm still gonna eat a butt-ton of Sriracha with everything, though. You know, just in case... for my health.