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Are there any long term adverse effects to eating spicy food?

Sun, 5th Jun 2011

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Tim Bennet asked:

Are there any long term adverse effects to eating spicy food?

Answer

Chris -   Not that we know of.  Lots of people across the world eat spicy food for breakfast, lunch and dinner pretty much.  That would be my ideal place to live actually!  And they don't seem to have any excessive diseases.  In fact, on the contrary, there is evidence that Alzheimer's disease is less common in countries where food contains lots of turmeric.  Turmeric, being a common ingredient in curry and we know that turmeric contains a molecule called curcumin and curcumin is an antioxidant and it seems to reduce the production in the brain of beta amyloid, the stuff that builds up in the brains of people who develop Alzheimer's disease.  So eating curry could actually cut your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.

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