• Chili Pepper Consumption Lowers Death Risk

    Posted February 2, 2020: by Bill Sardi

    At the end of 2019 the Journal of the American College of Cardiology published a report that regular consumption of chili peppers (4 or more times a week) significantly reduces the risk for death by 23% compared to individuals that consumed no chili peppers.  Chili pepper use also cut the risk for heart disease by almost half.

    A prior report published in 2017 further confirms that chili pepper consumption reduced the risk for death by 36% when comparing non-users with regular users (the absolute risk reduction was 12%, or 12 in 100.

    These are associations.  The reduction in mortality may be due to associated factors rather than the chili peppers themselves.  For example, maybe chili pepper eaters tend not to overeat, or eat more plant foods, or drink more wine, so the chili peppers are just associated, not causal.  But when the risk reduction pairs up with consumption rates, then it is more likely to be causal rather than a by-stander.

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