A Spicy Diet Could Be Linked To Dementia

Hot sauce can make your meal taste more exciting, but you might want to use less of it. A 15-year study of over 4,000 adults found evidence of a faster cognitive decline in those who consistently ate more than 50 grams of chili per day. Memory decline was even greater among those who ate the chili and were also slim. Capsaicin is the active component of chili which reportedly speeds up metabolism, fat loss, and helps prevent vascular disorders, but this is the first big study to find a link between chili intake and cognitive function. It’s thought people with normal body weight might be more sensitive to chili intake than overweight people, hence the impact on memory and weight. Still, this study didn’t look at other things that might play a role in cognitive decline, such as education, so more research is needed.