Eat chillies to stay safe from heart attack


f you are someone who loves spicy food, here is a bit of good news for you. Chillies can help you keep healthy and they also ward off the danger of heart attack!

As per a recent research eating chillies has been linked to a lower risk of suffering a fatal heart attack, scientists say. According to research those who ate chillies more than four times a week had a 40% less smaller of dying of a heart attack. And their mortality risk for all causes was 23% lower, compared with those who did not eat chillies. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, examined 22,811 citizens of the Molise region in Italy, and followed them up after about eight years.

Marialaura Bonaccio, an epidemiologist at the Neuromed neurological institute in Pozzilli, Italy, said, “An interesting fact is that protection from mortality risk was independent of the type of diet people followed… In other words, someone can follow the healthy Mediterranean diet, and someone else can eat less healthily, but for all of them chilli pepper has a protective effect.”

Duane Mellor, a dietitian and teaching fellow at Aston Medical School in England, said the findings were interesting but did not show a causal link. The study hinted that those following a traditional Mediterranean diet seemed to benefit less than those not following this type of diet, Mellor said. “It is plausible people who use chillies, as the data suggests also used more herbs and spices, and as such likely to be eating more fresh foods including vegetables. Although chillies can be a tasty addition to our meals, any direct effect is likely to be small and it is more likely that it makes eating other healthy foods more pleasurable.”

Licia Iacoviello, professor of hygiene and public health at the Universita dell’Insubria of Varese, said, “Chilli pepper is a fundamental component of our food culture. Over the centuries, beneficial properties have been associated with its consumption, mostly on the basis of anecdotes… It is important now that research deals with it in a serious way, providing scientific evidence.” “Now, as already observed in China and in the US, we know that the various plants of the capsicum species, although consumed in different ways throughout the world, can exert a protective action towards our health.”

However, researchers said that for all mortality outcomes, they failed to find a clear stepwise dose-response relation with chilli pepper.

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