The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Scientists have found a link between spicy food and testosterone in men. Testosterone is a chemical in our body that controls sexual development. Men produce up to 20 times more of it. Higher levels of testosterone usually make men more sexually active, brave and bigger risk takers. The co-author of the report said the study matched a lot of research that linked testosterone with financial, sexual and behavioural risk-taking.



The study looked at how 114 men liked spicy food. The men put a hot pepper sauce on mashed potatoes. They then evaluated its spiciness. The researchers tested the men's saliva. The men who put more hot sauce on their potatoes had higher levels of testosterone. The study is too small to prove the link between spice and testosterone. Other things could make people like spicy food. These include genetics, culture and psychology.

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Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/men-who-like-spicier-foods-have-higher-levels-of-testosterone-9926423.html
  • http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/12December/Pages/Spicy-food-curries-favour-with-alpha-males.aspx
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testosterone


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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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a link between spicy food

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takers

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Testosterone is a chemical

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sexually active

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sexual

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and testosterone

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Men produce up to 20 times

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risk-taking

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make men more

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in our body

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bigger risk

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lot of research

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the study matched a

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development

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sexual and behavioural

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more of it



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The study looked at how 114

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psychology

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a hot

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potatoes

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mashed

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prove the link

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They then evaluated its

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men liked spicy food

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The researchers tested the men's

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like spicy food

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The study is too small to

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pepper sauce

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Other things could make people

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spiciness

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These include genetics, culture and

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saliva

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Scientists (1) ___________________ between spicy food and testosterone in men. Testosterone is a chemical (2) ___________________ controls sexual development. Men produce up to 20 (3) ___________________. Higher levels of testosterone usually (4) ___________________ sexually active, brave and bigger risk takers. The (5) ___________________ said the study matched a lot of research that linked testosterone with financial, sexual and behavioural (6) ___________________.

The study looked at how 114 men (7) ___________________. The men put a hot pepper sauce on mashed potatoes. They (8) ___________________ spiciness. The researchers tested (9) ___________________. The men who put more hot sauce on their potatoes (10) ___________________ of testosterone. The study is too small (11) ___________________ between spice and testosterone. Other things could make people like spicy food. These include (12) ___________________ and psychology.





SPICY FOOD SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about spicy food in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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FREE WRITING

Write about spicy food for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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