Is Chilli Making Us Live Longer?

Is Chilli Making Us Live Longer?

A recent study conducted at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont has found that the consumption of spicy food could lead to extended life expectancies. It just so happens that Fitness Meals offer a number of meals with chilli in them including our well-reviewed Portuguese Chicken. So why not use your fresh discount code to add some spice to your life?

The Geeky Stuff:

The Data for this particular research was retrieved from the NHANES website and the statistical analyses were conducted with Stata 14.1 (StataCorp, College Station, Texas). The method of testing was Wilcoxon-rank sum and chi-squared tests for comparing cohort characteristics and categorical variables, respectively.

As per Chopan and Littenberg (2017) the median follow-up of 18.9 years (range 1 day – 23 years) including 273,877 person-years of observation, 4,946 deaths were observed. The analysis showed that unadjusted mortality for participants who consumed red hot chili peppers was 21.6% (887/4,107) compared to 33.6% (4.059/12,071). For those who did not consume hot chilli pepper had a risk reduction of 12% whereas the number needed to prevent one death was 8.3%. ADD SOME CHILLI IN YOUR LIFE!


The extensive research study depicts and inverse relationship between hot red chili and pepper consumption and all-cause mortality, after adjusting for potential cofounders. The study reveals that adults who consumed hot red chili peppers had a 13% lower hazard of death, compared to those who did not (Chopan M, Littenberg B 2017).

Chopan and Littenberg (2017) states that the relationship observed in this study is due to the Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels, which are primary receptors for pungent agents like capsaicin (the principal component in chili peppers). Capsaicin may also defend against heart disease, lung disease and even help the metabolic process. Now you know why having a little bit of “Spice” is good for your “life”. Why wait? Try our famous grilled Portuguese Chicken with peri peri sauce today at Life just got “Spicier”! Yum!


Chopan M, Littenberg B (2017) The Association of Hot Red Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality: A Large Population-Based Cohort Study. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169876.

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