Huge meta-study: this food appears to actually make you live longer

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(Dan Robitzski/ Futurism) — According to the preliminary results of a massive review study, regularly eating chili peppers could have major medical benefits including a lowered risk of heart disease, cancer, and a longer lifespan in general.

The results haven’t yet been evaluated and published in an academic journal, but will be presented during an American Heart Association (AHA) conference that begins Friday, and the work is based on expansive data. In the review, scientists aggregated the results of some 4,729 studies on the health outcomes of including chili pepper in one’s diet that covered, in total, over 570,000 participants.

“We were surprised to find that in these previously published studies, regular consumption of chili pepper was associated with an overall risk-reduction of all-cause, [cardiovascular disease] and cancer mortality,” Dr. Bo Xu, senior study author and a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, said in an AHA press release. “It highlights that dietary factors may play an important role in overall health.” (…)

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