Nita G. Forouhi is affiliated with the University of Cambridge.She specializes in epidemiology.She is a member of the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit and the Medical Research Council.
In an accompanying editorial in the journal, she called for more research to test if the findings were the direct result of spicy food intake.
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Researchers examining the diets of almost 500,000 people in China over seven years recorded that those who ate spicy foods one or two days a week had a 10 percent reduced risk of death compared with those who ate such meals less than once a week. In an accompanying editorial to the research, Nita Forouhi, who leads the Nutritional Epidemiology program at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine, said that there had been suggestions already of many potential benefits from chili and its bioactive compound capsaicin; these included anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Scientists had also noted the benefits for gut microbiota and anti-obesity effects from chili. Chili pepper, among the most popular spicy foods eaten in China, was the most commonly used spice noted in the responses.
People in the UK who eat as if they live in the Mediterranean can significantly reduce their risk of a stroke or heart attack, research has shown. What is a Mediterranean diet? Lead researcher Dr Nita Forouhi said: "The benefits of the Mediterranean diet for cardiovascular health are well documented in countries of the Mediterranean region, but this is the first study to evaluate this in the UK. "If our findings are broadly representative of the overall UK population, then we can assume that higher level of adherence to the Mediterranean diet could have significant impact in lowering the cardiovascular disease burden in the UK."
Eating one egg a day could cut the risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Those who consume to one egg every day were linked to lower cardiovascular disease rates, including strokes and heart problems, according to the research published in medical journal, Heart. Previous egg studies have proved inconsistent - with many finding very small links between eating eggs and increased risk of heart disease or strokes. Professor Nita Forouhi, of the MRC epidemiology unit at the University of Cambridge, said: "The take home message of this research from a large study from China is that at the very least up to one egg a day is not linked with raised cardiovascular risk, and at best up to one egg a day may even have health benefits.