Don't start feeling guilty about your next Tapas brunch or Chipotle run just yet -- turns out, in addition to adding joy to your otherwise bland palate, you could be adding years to your life.
According to the New York Times' Wellness blog, researchers in China found that the people who spiced up their lives by eating hotter foods (mostly chili peppers) more than once a week had a 10 percent lower risk of death in a new study. People who clearly had their priorities in order and ate spicy food six to seven times a week had a 14 percent lower risk.
The study tracked 485,000 participants between 2005 and 2008. And, taking into account the variables -- family history, age, education, illness, etc. -- they recorded 20,224 deaths. But, they found that that the people who indulged in spices were at a way lower risk for respiratory diseases and cancers or certain kinds of heart diseases. It may make sense, as other studies have shown that one of the main ingredients in chili peppers, capsaicin, helps in the antioxidant or anti-inflammatory departments.
Although Dr. Lu Qi, one of the study's co-authors told the Times that they still need more evidence from clinical trials on these findings, this study could still help you make your lunch-time decision a little less guilt-ridden today -- since we're all about justifying our vices.
To brighten your day even further, enjoy this tiny hamster eating a tiny burrito-- he's living his best life (and you could be too.)