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15 November 2016

Advice for those who like their food spicy hot

Here’s some advice for those who like their food spicy hot: have some ginger with your chillies. Some studies have suggested that capsaicin, the chemical compound that gives chilli peppers their kick, may cause stomach cancer. But recently, research using mice has shown that 6-ginergol, the fragrant compound in ginger, could counteract capsaicin's potentially harmful effects. The scientists conducting the research believe that if the capsaicin of chillies and the 6-gingerol of ginger are consumed in combination, they could actually lower the risk of cancer.

 
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