Is the chilli pepper friend or foe?

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Recent research suggests chillies may make our lives longer, and a range of studies suggest they are good for us – but a heated debate continues.

For thousands of years, humans have taken a masochistic pleasure from adding chilli to their food. Now research indicates that the spice that has undoubtedly made our lives more interesting may also make them longer.

There is only one mammal that enthusiastically eats chillies.

“Humans come into the Western hemisphere about 20,000 years ago,” says Paul Bosland from New Mexico State University. “And they come into contact with a plant that gives them pain – it hurts them. Yet five separate times, chilli peppers were domesticated in the Western hemisphere because humans found some usefulness – and I think it was their medicinal use.”

Read more from the source: Is the chilli pepper friend or foe? – BBC News

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