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Spicy food linked to higher testosterone levels






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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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