In spite of the enchiladas swimming in grease, and their fatness, Mexicans in America live longer than whites do. Could red chili peppers be the secret to their longer lifespans?
Excerpt from the UPI
BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 13 (UPI) — Researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont have found that consuming hot red chili peppers may reduce total mortality.
The study found a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, especially in heart attacks and strokes, in people who consumed hot red chili peppers on a regular basis.
The research found that people who ate hot red chili peppers were more likely to be “younger, male, white, Mexican-American, married, and to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and consume more vegetables and meats … had lower HDL-cholesterol, lower income, and less education.”
Researchers said possible causes of the health benefits of red chili peppers relates to the principal component capsaicin, which is known to prevent obesity, regulate coronary blood flow, and possesses antimicrobial properties.
There’s a link to the full study at the UPI.