ADELAIDE, Australia – Here is something to think about the next time you are considering ordering a spicy dish: a new long-term international study has found that a spicy diet can lead to dementia.
According to the study, older adults over the age of 55 who consumed more than 50 grams of chili per day showed almost double the risk of developing poor cognition and a decrease in overall memory. Interestingly, narrower adults enjoying a spicy diet showed even more significant memory loss.
"Chili consumption was found to be beneficial for body weight and blood pressure in our previous studies. In this study, however, we found negative effects on cognition among older adults, "explains the principal researcher. Zumin Shi in a statement.
Researchers analyzed the chili intake of 4,582 Chinese adults under the age of 1
CLICK HERE to sign up for the week's newsletter and get the latest studies from the study. ] In general, students who ate more spicy foods had a lower income, less body mass, and trained more often than those who preferred more mild flavors. This has led researchers to have theorized that thinner people are more susceptible to chilli intake than obese people, which would explain why thinner adults showed more prominent loss of memory.
"Chili is one of the most widely used spices in the world and especially popular in Asia compared to European countries," says co-researcher Dr. Ming Li. "In some regions of China, such as Sichuan and Hunan, almost one in three adults consume spicy foods every day."
Capsaicin has already been shown to accelerate metabolism, promote fat loss and prevent vascular disease, but this is the first time its impact on cognitive function has been investigated.
The study's authors say that more research is needed on the relationship between chili peppers and dementia, and recognizes that other variables, such as educational levels, can also play a role in cognitive decline.
The study is published in the scientific journal Nutrients.