Study Finds Eating Spicy Food Could Be Linked To Dementia

Monday, September 2nd, 2019 | 1209 Views

Think twice before adding that extra kick of spicy ingredient in your meal. Researchers at Qatar University and the University of South Australia have conducted a 15-year study among 4582 Chinese adults aged over 55, and found that consumption of chilli peppers could be linked to increased risk of dementia. According to the study, those who consistently ate more than 50 grams of chilli a day had greater memory and cognitive decline.

The study also noted that people with healthy BMI may have a heightened sensitivity to capsaicin— the main active compound in chilli peppers, than those who are clinically overweight. Education levels may also play a role in cognitive decline and this link requires further research.

“Chili consumption was found to be beneficial for body weight and blood pressure in our previous studies. However, in this study, we found adverse effects on cognition among older adults,” said Dr Zumin from Qatar University.

The global seasonings and spices market is expected to grow with a CAGR of five percent to reach USD 20.99 billion by 2024. However, this study could negatively impact this increasingly trending spicy food and popular spice market.

“Chili is one of the most commonly used spices in the world and particularly popular in Asia compared to European countries,” said Dr Ming Li, epidemiologist at University of South Australia.

“In certain regions of China, such as Sichuan and Hunan, almost one in three adults consume spicy food every day.”


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