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Science Says Eating Chili Peppers Could Be The Key To A Longer Life

Claims that spicy foods provide health benefits have circulated for centuries. Now, scientists might be able to explain why.

In 2014, the National Center For Biotechnology Information claimed that cardamom, a spice used to make chai tea, was “linked to anti-tumor activity,” according to The Washington Post. That’s just one spice in a list of several that have been suggested to have medicinal properties.

Now, thanks to a study completed by the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, analyzed lifestyle data and mortality rates from more than 16,000 adults concluded that a compound in peppers has the ability to prevent factors that lead to heart disease and stroke.

In order to conduct this study, the authors used the Center for Disease Control’s National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey between 1988 to 1994, as the sample size in which to prove that the consumption of chili peppers — specifically capsaicin, the active component within them — can actually help you live longer. 

The illustration above shows a very simple depiction of where peppers contain capsaicin. It was found under the “capsaicin” hashtag on Instagram.

In short, the study found that people who regularly consumed capsaicin “had a 13 percent lower hazard of death compared to those who did not.”

Additionally, the study went on to claim that capsaicin actually acted like “an anti-obesity mechanism due to the interaction with the body’s transient receptor potential channels.” Transient receptor potential channels are different types of receptors that help regulate sensations like temperature and pressure.

Here’s an excerpt of the findings, pulled from the Discussion section of the study:

Activation of TRP vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) appears to stimulate cellular mechanisms against obesity, by altering mediators of lipid catabolism and thermogenesis [27]. Protection against obesity leads to decreased risk of cardiovascular, metabolic and lung diseases.” — The Association of Hot Red Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality: A Large Population-Based Cohort Study

Adding to the benefits of capsaicin, chili peppers also contain A, C, and B vitamins, all of which are essential to healthy diets.

What’s most important about these findings is that the study correlates positive reinforcement to already existing scientific studies that hypothesize that there are multiple health benefits to including spicy foods in a healthy diet.

The peer-reviewed study emphasizes that while there is no concrete evidence that eating peppers will lead to immortality — nor hold the keys to the fountain of youth — more research on this topic will only bring forth new concepts and knowledge that might benefit mankind.

“Such evidence may lead to new insights into the relationships between diet and health, updated dietary recommendations, and the development of new therapies.” 

So now, in the days where spicy challenges seem to be a popular trend, no matter how masochistic the act of eating hot chili peppers may seem, it’s safe to say there’s nothing like the sensation of a fiery mouth and a scorching, swollen set of lips that will look for anything to ease the pain.

Still, we insist on going back for more, and according to science, that’s a good thing.

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Fast Food Hit-Or-Miss Sweets

The Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Is Back At Krispy Kreme, Because Fall

Nothing says the Fall season quite like sweet and savory flavors. Paired with the warm aromatic treats baking in an oven and the crackle of wood on a fireplace, we are reminded that Fall is very near.

This year, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is giving customers a few more ways to celebrate the arrival of the fall season with the return of some beloved favorites.

Starting August 29, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be serving up Fall classics including the Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut and the Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut, but don’t hesitate as these annual favorites are only available in the U.S. and Canada until November 24.

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Krispy Kreme has been celebrating the season with these flavors for more than a decade, and it’s easy to see why. The Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut is an old-fashioned doughnut with pumpkin spice and Krispy Kreme classic glaze. The Salted Caramel Doughnut is an espresso Kreme filled doughnut with salted caramel icing and salted sugar, then drizzled with decadent espresso icing.

In additon to the return of the Krispy Kreme’s annual Fall flavors doughnut menu, the chain is also serving a Pumpkin Spice and Salted Caramel Latte, which can be ordered hot, iced or frozen.

Better hurry, Fall doesn’t last forever.

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Cheerios Introduces New Pumpkin Spice Flavor

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Cheerios is getting into the spirit of Fall with a new Pumpkin Spice flavor.

Because nothing pairs better with your morning Pumpkin Spice Latte than more pumpkin spice, General Mills released a new Cheerio variation that will be available for those who just can’t get enough pumpkin spice in their diets.

The gluten-free cereal is made from pumpkin puree and a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

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Fellow Foodbeast Molly, an avid fan of Cheerios, had this to say:

It’s not overly pumpkiny.

Customers can find the new cereal in stores mid-August for a limited time. They’ll be available in a 12-oz box for $2.50 or a 21-oz box for $3.99 at participating grocery retailers.

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Hit-Or-Miss

The Most Expensive Food In The World Costs Up To $10,000 A Pound

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The most expensive food on Earth blooms from an ocean of purple flowers for one week each year in rare places around the globe. The spice, saffron, is harvested by hand from the stigmas of a saffron crocus or purple flower.

Approximately 150 flowers are required to yield a gram of the orange-yellow spice that can cost between $2,000 to $10,000 per pound, according to Mashable. Harvesting saffron is a time- and energy-consuming process that has remained the same since ancient times. Flowers bloom in areas that have extreme climates consisting of hot and dry summers and cold winters.

Saffron is commonly used in Persian, Indian, European and Turkish cuisines. It is a popular ingredient in the traditional paella dishes in Spain and famous risottos in Northern Italy.

saffron_expense_2Kashmiri villagers gathering saffron flowers from a saffron field in Pampore, Kashmir, on Nov. 2, 2015

Saffron is harvested from the stigmas of a purple flower of Crocus sativus Linnaeus. The region is well regarded for its high-quality saffron.

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Saffron has been used in manufacturing for fragrance in perfumes and color dye for cloth. An Iranian villager harvests the flowers in a field near Torbat-E Heidarieh in northeastern Iran on Oct. 31, 2015. The country is a major producer of saffron and supplies 95% of the world’s demand.

saffron_expense_4A Kashmiri villager arranges saffron flowers for drying in the sunshine in a saffron field in Pampore

In cooking, saffron can be used as a spice, yellow food coloring and flavoring agent. Kashmir is the only place in India and one of the few places on the globe that the flower can be found.

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The Crocus sativus Linnaeus, also known as Rose of Saffron, belongs to the family of Iridaceae. A Kashmiri villager in a saffron field in Pampore.

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Kashmiri villagers cultivating saffron flowers in a field in Pampore. The purple flower has red stigmas and yellow stamens.

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It can take up to 75,000 saffron flowers to yield a single pound of the yellow spice. Iranian villagers clean up saffron flowers in their house near Torbat-E Heidarieh in northeastern Iran on Oct. 31, 2015.

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The stigmas of the saffron flowers are also used in medicine to treat asthma, coughs, insomnia and cancer.

Written by Laura Dang, Nextshark

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Naked Woman Storms Out Of Subway Restroom And Starts Tearing It Apart

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Once in a while, you’ll catch an angry customer holding up the line of a fast food restaurant because they’re arguing about not receiving enough napkins, or being charged $.22 extra on their order.

Other times, you’ll see a customer completely flip out, get naked and destroy every square inch of that restaurant.

The latter happened at a Subway sandwich shop in Anchorage, Alaska as police said the woman appeared to be on drugs while wrecking the place, according to KTUU.

Witnesses said the woman went into the restroom of the Subway fully clothed, but came out of it two hours later in the nude.

According to KTVA, the woman started tossing tables and chairs, launching food around the store, somehow ripped the ceiling apart, broke computers and sprayed the fire extinguisher like the roof was on fire.

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Police on scene said she could have been on “Spice,” a synthetic drug that apparently makes you hate furniture and 6-inch subs.

Thankfully no one was injured and the woman will likely face felony charges once they get some clothes on her.

picthx KTUU, KTVA

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Fast Food

Burger King Rocks New PUMPKIN SPICE OREO Shake

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Because it seems every fast food place needs some kind of pumpkin dish for the fall, Burger King has added a new Pumpkin Spice Oreo Shake to its menu.

Brand Eating reports that the limited-time item boasts a pumpkin spice syrup that’s blended with an Oreo Shake. Unfortunately, that means there’s no real pumpkins in the beverage. Though I’m sure we’ll find a way to enjoy a fast food shake without actual pumpkins.

Patrons can find the shake priced $2.59 for a small 12-oz. The Pumpkin Spice Oreo Shake will be available at all participating Burger King locations thorough the fall.

Hopefully, it won’t turn our poop orange.

Photo: BK Facebook

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Cravings

Pumpkin Corn Dog Bites Have Us Drooling Uncontrollably

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With football season kicking off, you’re gonna want to have tons of awesome munchies to serve during games. Oh Bite It! created this awesome dish of Mini Pumpkin Corn Dog Bites that’ll pretty much cover your game day cravings.

You start by making a corn dog batter and combining it with pumpkin puree. You can find the recipe, in detail, here.

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Then, take a hot dog and coat it in some cornstarch before tossing it into the batter. After applying a generous amount of coating, put the hot dog into the deep fryer and let it cook until it’s a golden brown.

Once it’s done, insert a pretzel stick in them and set your mini dog bites aside too cool and get started on your dipping sauce. Oh Bite It! suggests a sweet maple mustard sauce.

Photos: + Recipe: Oh Bite It!

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Fast Food

Panera Bread Removes Additives For Cleanest Pumpkin Spice Latte Yet

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Panera Bread has announced that they’ll be sporting a new Pumpkin Spice Latte this fall. Get this, it’s completely clean.

This means the PSL will feature no artificial ingredients, colors, or flavorings. Though, Panera says they haven’t had any of those since the chain first opened. However, they will remove artificial preservatives to make sure that everything in the new beverage is as clean as possible.

Panera’s PSL also features real pumpkins in the beverage. Along with the ‘clean’ version vegetarian and vegan versions will also be available to patrons.