The next time you reach for one more hot wing -- your brow caked with sweat, mouth on fire, gut busting the last notch on your belt to its breaking point -- remember: It's all for your (long-term) health, man.
A new study from the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont found regularly consuming red hot chili peppers (the food, not these guys) could lead to a "13 percent reduction in total mortality." In layman's terms, this means the spicy peppers will help you, um... die less. So don't feel guilty if you want to invest a couple hundred dollars into your growing hot sauce collection.
This is the latest study to make the claim that spicy food facilitates a longer life. It was notably more expansive and thorough than previous studies, using data collected from more than 16,000 Americans that were followed for up to 23 years in some cases. The data showed a diet high in spicy foods like chili peppers reduced mortality in test subjects, slowing down fatalities related to high blood pressure and strokes in particular.