There is good for lovers of chili peppers – they can help you live . Researchers from the University of Vermont in the US discovered that capsaicin, the ingredient in hot red chili peppers, may boost the , strengthen the heart and help with pressure and obesity. People who ate them had a 13 per cent reduced risk of dying compared with who did not. Researchers concluded that: "The of hot red chili pepper was associated with reduced . Hot red chili peppers may be a beneficial component of the diet."
The researchers surveyed 16,179 over six years. People answered on their health, lifestyle, income and eating . The researchers analysed the deaths in the 18 years after the . Of the 4,946 who died, 21.6% regularly ate chili compared with 33.6% who did not. The researchers said hot red chili peppers helped to prolong life. Britain's health urged people not to rely on one "" like chili. It said: "Eat a balanced high in a variety of fruit and vegetables, limit salt, sugar and saturated , stay active [and] avoid smoking."