In the modern-day world, there are more varieties in everything. This also includes food. People can now try cuisines from around the world without the hassle of traveling. Consequently, spicy food is now more common than ever before.
Previously, spices from around the world and spicy food, in general, was not as prevalent in the Western world. The globalization, increase in trade, and more awareness has almost made the borders disappear.
People now enjoy and add more spices to their daily consumption. The use of various spices including chili peppers can now be enjoyed especially when making Mexican, Indian and most of the Asian cuisines.
So, what does research say on the use of spices in food? In accordance with the medical literature, some of the spices are beneficial for health. Not only the can these boost metabolism but also reduce inflammation.
However, a very important thing to note here is that these are only mild spices. Other studies show that extremely spicy food and particular spices can be harmful right after consumption. Although very intense spices are not used by most, consuming spicy food frequently can also be harmful.
For instance, a new study now shows that having spice-loaded food may increase the risk of dementia. The lead author of the study was Zumin Shi from Qatar University. Its findings appear in the journal Nutrients.
What Was the Research Method?
The studies from the past on chili peppers show positive findings. The majority concludes that peppers, especially red ones, can be beneficial in a variety of ways. The main thing that provides advantages and is responsible for the peppers’ flavor is capsaicin.
Since this ingredient has yet had only positive effects, no study looks at its negative effects. The new study fills the gap by looking at the impact of chili peppers on cognitive decline.
In order to do so, the researchers observed around 4,582 Chinese adults for a particular period of time. While looking at their daily intake and consumption habits, the scientists also looked for other factors.
These include the education level, social class, income, general health, and physical activity of the participants.
What Was the Result?
After the observation, the researchers concluded that people who ate more than fifty grams of spices had a higher risk of dementia. This is because the levels of cognitive decline in such participants were far more than the others.
Other important things to note were that people who did consume more came from lower classes. These participants had a lower income as well as Body Mass Index. Secondly, they also had little to no physical activity in their daily routines.
Another significant finding was the difference in education levels. Studies from the past show a link between cognitive decline and lower education levels. Most of the people who consumed a lot of chili peppers were also likely to be less educated.
Therefore, there might be multiple factors behind the cognitive decline in the participants. The researchers state that further investigation may help in reaching a more detailed explanation.