According to numerous studies, those who overindulge in hot sauce may actually extend their lives and ward off cancer.
There are two different types of people: those hopelessly devoted to hot sauce and the dead. In the age of confirmation bias, it makes complete sense that it should extend all the way to our condiments. The benefits of drenching your foodstuffs in hot saucy lava is now a legitimate scientific question with the supposed benefits warding off death and even cancer.
You see, back in 2006 when times were simpler, researchers discovered that high doses of capsaicin (en Fuego sauco) slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice by up to 80 percent while leaving the healthy cells alone. Wind the clock forward to 2015 and a separate team demonstrated for the first time how this spicy compound binds to cancer cells and triggers changes in their internal structure.
The hypothesis is fairly simple. It’ll strip layers off your tongue and cancer off your cells.
You see, back in 2006 when times were simpler, researchers discovered that high doses of capsaicin (en Fuego sauco) slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice by up to 80 percent while leaving the healthy cells alone.
Some researchers are even investigating the potential of incorporating it into a new anti-cancer drug, José de Jesús Ornelas-Paz from the Research Center for Food and Development in Mexico told Time magazine the real benefits appear to come from the whole chili pepper – not just that one active ingredient.
“Pungent peppers are a cocktail of bioactive compounds,” he said. “Blending, cutting and cooking improve the release of [these compounds] from pepper tissue, increasing the amount available for absorption.”
Which is all well and good, but cancer is often a faraway concept. It’ll never happen to you until it does, so you don’t pay it any mind. However, something that constantly is, is the unavoidable fact that our love handles have love handles. So, yes. Hot sauce can also assist. And while science doesn’t exactly know how, somehow I don’t think that someone who is looking to shed pounds through the medium of condiments would care that much for the details. Right?
I know I don’t.
According to Ornelas-Paz, capsaicin is a fat-soluble compound, you should pair it with a smidge of fat or oil to help your body to absorb it. Think your usual fried, baked, or sauteed fare. How this exactly helps, we’re not sure, but it’s certainly doing something positive. I do, however, know that Fried Tofu and Sriracha is a wild ride.
Not convinced? How about the words of stiff shirt ivy leaguers? Back in 2015, they measured the health of almost half a million Chinese adults and discovered those who ate spicy food six or seven times a week had a 14 percent lower mortality risk than those who didn’t.
14 percent. That’s almost a pass. That’s “pass” as in pass that muy caliente sauce. I’m on a diet.