Has anyone noticed that Malaysia has been hotter
Weâ€™re not talking about the weather, but the increase in tongue-burning, eye-watering, butt-clenching spicy food on our plates – from Samyang Hot Chicken Spicy Noodles to McDonaldâ€™s Extra Spicy Ayam Goreng.
While you may regret these heated decisions the next morning, it turns out youâ€™ll probably regret them in the next few decades, too.
New research has found that a spicy diet could be linked
The 15-year study on Chinese adults over 55 years old found that those who ate more than 50 grams of chili a day had nearly DOUBLE risk of memory loss.
You know whatâ€™s the worst bit? Memory loss and poor cognition were HIGHER in skinny fellas compared to their â€œhealthierâ€ counterparts. So, if youâ€™re gonna eat chilli, eat until puas lah.
However, the type of chilli monitored in this study was
fresh and dried chilli only. Capsicum and black pepper were spared from this
Why and how could chilli cause memory loss? The researchers donâ€™t know. But, they do note that the results are interesting when compared to their previous studies that found chilli beneficial for obesity and blood pressure.
There are also other studies that have found capsaicin (the active compound in chillies) beneficial for cognitive function & for Alzheimerâ€™s disease.
If this news has left you feeling a little chilli, youâ€™re not alone.
South China Morning post says that the study has got a lot of people hot and bothered in China.
Scores of heated up users on the social media
platform Weibo have been debating the topic, torn between disbelief and resistance.
â€œChilli undermines my memory, but I canâ€™t live without itâ€
â€œSichuan and Hunan people would disagree [with the findings]â€
Weibo users via South China Morning Post.
Itâ€™s hard to imagine nasi lemak without the sambal, masala chicken without the masalah and chilli pan mee without the chilli.
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