The Key to a Longer Life is… Spicy Food?

Apparently the Spice Girls are visionaries because they were certainly on to something when they said we need to spice up our life.

Literally, though.

A recent study published in The BMJ suggests that people who indulge in fiery foods are more likely to live longer, and have lower risk of death from cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.

The study collected dietary data from about 490,000 people, from ages 30 to 79, in China. The study subjects were enrolled in this project between 2004 and 2008, and had their health monitored for an average of seven years per person.

Over the course of the study, more than 20,000 people died. Scientists were able to pull data that suggests people who ate spicy food more than twice per week have a 14% lower risk of death.

To read the entire study, visit The BMJ here.