ADELAIDE, Australia – The following should be taken into account next time you order a spicy dish: A recent international long-term study has shown that a pungent diet can lead to dementia.
In the study, older adults over the age of 55, who consumed more than 50 grams of chili per day, were nearly twice as likely to develop poor cognition and impair memory overall. Interestingly, slimmer adults who indulged in a spicy diet showed even more significant memory loss.
"In our previous studies, chili consumption proved beneficial for body weight and blood pressure. In this study, however, we have found adverse effects on the perception of older adults, "explains lead researcher. Zoin Shi in a statement.
The researchers analyzed the chili intake of 4,582 Chinese adults over a 1
"Chilli is one of the most widely used spices in the world and particularly popular in Asia compared to European countries," says co-researcher Dr. Ming Li. "In certain areas of China, such as Sichuan and Hunan, almost every third adult consumes spicy food every day."
Capsaicin has been shown to accelerate metabolism, promote fat loss, and prevent vascular disease. For the first time, effects on cognitive function have been studied.
The authors of the study say that more research is needed on the relationship between chili pepper and dementia, and acknowledge that other variables, such as educational attainment, may also play a role in cognitive decline.
The study is in the journal nutrients.