Chili lovers rejoice!
A new study has found that there are some INCREDIBLE benefits to eating the fiery red pepper.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American College or Cardiology, eating chilies four times a week could cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by 40%.
Study finds eating chilies 4 times a week could cut your risk of having a heart attack
Italian researchers tracked the eating habits of 23,000 volunteers for a period of eight years and found that those who ate chilies were less likely to suffer fatal health conditions.
Experts believe the hot plant has many amazing benefits for your heart.
“An interesting fact is that protection from mortality risk was independent of the type of diet people followed,” said study lead author Marialaura Bonaccio.
“In other words, someone can follow the healthy Mediterranean diet, someone else can eat less healthily, but for all of them chili pepper has a protective effect.”
However, Duane Mellor, who is a dietician and senior teaching fellow at Aston Medical School in the UK, believes more research needs to be done.
“This could suggest it is how chilies are used as part of an overall dietary pattern and lifestyle,” he said.
“It is plausible people who use chilies, as the data suggests also used more herbs and spices, and as such likely to be eating more fresh foods including vegetables.
”So, although chilies can be a tasty addition to our recipes and meals, any direct effect is likely to be small and it is more likely that it makes eating other healthy foods more pleasurable.”
Fancy chilies now? Check out our Chili Beef Dumplings
If you and your family love Asian food, you will really enjoy these delicious home made dumplings.
Super Simple Vegetarian Chili
Some nights you just crave something comforting like this healthy vegetarian chili.
Grab a few key ingredients from the fridge and the pantry and you can have a healthy, family-friendly dinner sorted quick smart.
It comes from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. It is a perfect recipe to make a double batch and freeze for those busy nights when you just don’t have time to cook.
Feel free to reduce or remove the chili if cooking for children.
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