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There is [good / well] news for [lovers / lovelies] of hot and spicy food – the chili inside it can help you [live / life] longer. Researchers from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in the US have [discovery / discovered] that capsaicin, the [active / actively] ingredient in hot red chili peppers, may boost the metabolism, strengthen the cardiovascular system and help reduce high blood pressure and [obese / obesity] . They said people who regularly ate hot red chili peppers had a 13 per cent [reduced / reduction] risk of premature death compared with those who did not eat [them / this] . They concluded that: "The consumption of hot red chili pepper was associated [at / with] reduced mortality. Hot red chili peppers may be a beneficial component [of / at] the diet."

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

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