Curry is fast becoming thought of as a new international superfood. Curry has been shown in studies to have amazing health benefits such as increasing metabolism, relieving arthritis pain and helping to combat heart disease.
Now, a recent study has shown that adding curried foods to your diet at least three times a week may help you live longer. A study of nearly a half million Chinese people indicated that those who ate curry three times a week or more had a 14% less risk of premature death.
Curry was discovered during the 17th century, and has been refined over time to make the yellow-orange spice you see on store shelves today, which usually includes a mix of spices such as turmeric, coriander, cumin, fenugreek and a variety of chili peppers.
Among the superfood meals that the study participants ate on a regular basis? Chili. Fresh chili stews are full of spicy, curried antioxidant rich foods such as chili peppers. Fresh chili is known to health experts around the world to be packed full of nutrients that help fight disease, combat inflammation and ward off obesity.
As with any study, it’s important to look at the other factors involved, such as the overall lifestyle of study participants as opposed to the lifestyle of non-study participants. For instance, it could be that the largely rural lifestyle of these study participants contributed to their longer lifespan. No one knows for sure, but increasing evidence is showing that eating spicy, curried foods is leading to healthier bodies and longer lifespans.
If you’re a firm believer that spicy, curried foods do indeed improve health, here are some ways you can incorporate more curry into your diet.
Curry most often comes in a powder or a paste form. This makes it easy to add it to many foods, such as:
- Stir Fry: Adding curry to a homemade stir fry gives it extra flavor along with a health boost
- Red Curry Soup: Red curry soup made with chicken is flavorful and easy to make
- Fajitas: Try sprinkling a bit of curry powder on your veggies and meat as you’re preparing them for fajitas
- Pita Sandwiches: A nice pita sandwich with chicken, sprouts, fresh peppers and curry paste brings a healthy lunch or dinner to your plate
- Jerk Chicken & Rice: Add curry to your Jerk chicken and rice meal for a flavor packed punch
Adding curry to your meals will help ensure you are doing what you can do to live a healthier, longer life.