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There good news for lovers of hot and spicy food – the chili inside it can you live longer. Researchers from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in the US have that capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot red chili peppers, may the metabolism, the cardiovascular system and help reduce high blood pressure and obesity. They said people who regularly hot red chili peppers had a 13 per cent reduced risk of premature death with those who did not them. They concluded that: "The consumption of hot red chili pepper was with reduced mortality. Hot red chili peppers may a beneficial component of the diet."

The researchers a total of 16,179 adults over a period of six years. Survey participants questions on their health, lifestyle, income and eating habits. The researchers the deaths that occurred in the 18 years following the survey. A total of 4,946 of the participants . Of these, 21.6 per cent regularly chili compared with 33.6 per cent who not. This led the researchers to hot red chili peppers helped life. Britain's National Health Service people not to rely on one "superfood" like chili to stay healthier. It said: "Eat a balanced diet high in a variety of fruit and vegetables, limit salt, sugar and saturated fat, stay active [and] smoking."

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