Spicy Foods & Mortality: Any Link?

Research Paper Title

Consumption of Spicy Foods and Total and Cause Specific Mortality: Population Based Cohort Study

Study Question

How does regular consumption of spicy foods influence mortality?

Summary Answer

Regular consumption of spicy foods was inversely associated with total and certain cause specific mortality (cancer, ischaemic heart diseases and respiratory diseases), independent of other risk factors of death.

What is Known and What This Paper Adds

A beneficial role of spices and their major bioactive components has been reported in a variety  of chronic disorders in experimental and small sized population studies. In this large prospective study, regular daily spicy food consumption was inversely associated with total and certain cause specific mortality.

Reference

BMJ 2015;351:h3942.

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