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Study Shows That Regularly Eating Chili Peppers May Make You Live Longer

Thing is, you have to eat chili more than often.
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Good news for spicy food fans: a new study says eating chili peppers may help you live longer. We've known for years that a spicy diet has several benefits, but now we have real confirmation that chili peppers are the real deal.

The latest study, conducted by the American Heart Association, says that chili pepper consumption reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease mortality by 26 percent. Not only that, but it was also associated with less death from any cause, as well as cancer deaths. Whoa.

"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, CVD, and cancer mortality. It highlights that dietary factors may play an important role in overall health," says senior author and cardiologist Bo Xu, M.D.

As with most studies, the authors say more research needs to be conducted for more confirmation. But, as a fruit, chili peppers are inherently good for you so here's your excuse to include more in your diet.

Bring on the Sriracha, kimchi, and everything else spicy.

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