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The lifestyle factors included age, gender, education, ethnicity, marital status, employment, annual income, physical activity, and consumption of meats, vegetables and fruits.

Capsaicin (the active compound in chili peppers) activate a receptor called Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels and this has been shown to stimulate cellular mechanisms against obesity, by altering mediators of lipid catabolism and thermogenesis.

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    This could also contribute to the Hispanic paradox, or Latino paradox, as we know that Capsaicin is beneficial and inhibits a. pylori. The Hispanic paradox shows that Hispanic and Latino Americans tend to have health outcomes that are “paradoxically” better than non-Hispanic whites. av - live 3 years longer.

    Some attribute this paradox to “Beans vs Potatoes”, but hot sauces could be key. A meta-analysis of cultures who eat “Hot” peppers is in order.


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      This epidemiological study seemed all over the map; I don’t put much stock in this one, but it sure won’t stop me from eating hot peppers!