Study: Spicy food may help you live longer

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Spicy Food May Help You Live Longer: Study

Adding a little spice to your life could make it last longer.

A Harvard study tracked people who ate spicy foods at least three to five times per week and compared their health to those who ate them less than once a week.

Spicy foods are good for youThe findings suggest that those who regularly eat spicy foods can reduce the chance of heading to an early grave by about 14%. And if you aren't too happy about hotness — researchers say those who ate a spicy meal just once or twice a week were still 10% less likely to die during the study period.

Researchers say spicy foods reduce overall death risk from cancer and other diseases because they are high in potent antioxidants that protect against aggressive diseases.

And on another health note — they're good for burning more than just those taste buds. Some of the active components found in foods like chili peppers may help in lowering inflammation and increase your metabolism.

Other heart health studies have shown that cultures that easy the most spicy food have much lower incidences of heart attacks and strokes. A little spice can be nice — but just remember to go at your own pace.

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Study: Spicy food may help you live longer
This June 22, 2015 photo shows spicy oyster jeotgal with pork sausage in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Edward Lee. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This June 8, 2015 photo shows grilled vegetables with tahini sauce and spicy panko in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This April 6, 2015 photo shows roasted carrots with port raisins and spicy peanut herb sauce in Concord, N.H. The sauce can be prepped up to a day in advance, but don't add the peanuts until just before serving. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Jan. 5, 2015, photo shows sweet-and-spicy panko-crusted chicken in Concord, N.H. While the breaded cutlets can be pan-fried, you can also use the ease of the oven. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This July 28, 2014 photo shows spicy peanut chicken satay in Concord, N.H. The chicken satay is an easy, weeknight-friendly chicken dinner that is a bit of a cultural mash-up. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This May 5, 2014, photo shows sweet potato, grilled corn and black bean salad with spicy cilantro dressing in Concord, N.H. This recipe swaps sweet potatoes for the more traditional white potatoes and loses the standard recipe’s abundant mayonnaise in favor of a dressing high in flavor and low in fat. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Jan. 6, 2014 photo shows hot and spicy artichoke spinach dip in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013, file photo, Sriracha chili sauce bottles are produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif. A judge has given a dose of cold water to the hot sauce Sriracha, ruling Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, that the factory that manufactures the trendy condiment must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
This Oct. 28, 2013 photo shows green beans with a sweet and spicy coconut topping in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on May 13, 2013, summer rolls with spicy peanut dipping sauce are shown served on a plate in Concord, NH. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
In this image taken on Jan. 9, 2012, Hoisin Turkey Meatball Grinders with spicy tomato relish are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
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