The Reading / Listening - Chili Peppers - Level 4

There is good news for lovers of chili peppers – they can help you live longer. Researchers in the US found that capsaicin, an ingredient in red chili peppers, may boost the metabolism, strengthen the heart and help with blood pressure and obesity. People who regularly ate chili had a 13% lower risk of dying early. Researchers said hot red chili pepper was associated with reduced mortality and, "may be a beneficial component of the diet".



The researchers asked 16,179 adults about their health, lifestyle, income and diet. The researchers analysed the deaths in the 18 years after. Of the 4,946 participants who died, 21.6% regularly ate chili compared with 33.6% who did not. Britain's health service said people should not rely on one "superfood" like chili. It said: "Eat a balanced diet high in a variety of fruit and vegetables, limit salt, sugar and saturated fat, stay active [and] avoid smoking."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Chili Peppers - Level 5 or  Chili Peppers - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.nhs.uk/news/2017/01January/Pages/Hot-red-chilli-peppers-linked-to-longer-lifespan.aspx
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315262.php
  • http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0169876


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. good news for
  2. they can help you
  3. an ingredient
  4. boost the
  5. blood
  6. a 13% lower risk
  7. associated with reduced
  8. a beneficial component
  1. of dying early
  2. metabolism
  3. mortality
  4. live longer
  5. of the diet
  6. lovers of chili peppers
  7. pressure
  8. in red chili peppers

Paragraph 2

  1. their health, lifestyle, income
  2. The researchers analysed
  3. in the 18 years
  4. people should not rely
  5. Eat a balanced
  6. limit
  7. saturated
  8. stay active and
  1. fat
  2. after
  3. diet
  4. avoid smoking
  5. and diet
  6. on one "superfood"
  7. salt
  8. the deaths

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is good (1) ___________________ of chili peppers – they can help you live longer. Researchers in the US found that capsaicin, (2) ___________________ in red chili peppers, may boost the metabolism, strengthen the heart and help with blood (3) ___________________. People who regularly ate chili had a 13% (4) ___________________ dying early. Researchers said hot red chili pepper (5) ___________________ with reduced mortality and, "may be a beneficial (6) ___________________ diet".

The researchers asked 16,179 (7) ___________________ health, lifestyle, income and diet. The researchers analysed (8) ___________________ 18 years after. Of the 4,946 participants who died, 21.6% regularly ate chili (9) ___________________ 33.6% who did not. Britain's health service said people should (10) ___________________ "superfood" like chili. It said: "Eat a balanced diet high (11) ___________________ fruit and vegetables, limit salt, sugar and saturated fat, stay (12) ___________________ smoking."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisgoodnewsforloversofchilipeppers–theycanhelpyoulivelong
er.ResearchersintheUSfoundthatcapsaicin,aningredientinredchilipe
ppers,mayboostthemetabolism,strengthentheheartandhelpwithblo
odpressureandobesity.Peoplewhoregularlyatechilihada13%lowerri
skofdyingearly.Researcherssaidhotredchilipepperwasassociatedwit
hreducedmortalityand,"maybeabeneficialcomponentofthediet".The
researchersasked16,179adultsabouttheirhealth,lifestyle,incomean
ddiet.Theresearchersanalysedthedeathsinthe18yearsafter.Ofthe4,
946participantswhodied,21.6%regularlyatechilicomparedwith33.6
%whodidnot.Britain'shealthservicesaidpeopleshouldnotrelyonone"
superfood"likechili.Itsaid:"Eatabalanceddiethighinavarietyoffruitan
dvegetables,limitsalt,sugarandsaturatedfat,stayactive[and]avoids
moking."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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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Discussion — Write your own questions

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