Study: Men Who Like Spicy Foods Are More ‘Alpha Male’ Than Those Who Are Not

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According to a study by scientists at the University of Grenoble, men who regularly consume chili peppers may have higher levels of testosterone, making them more adventurous, sexually active and simply more badass.

The study’s participants were made up of 114 men aged from 18 to 44. Their testosterone levels were measured via saliva samples. The men were then given a plate of mashed potatoes and given the option to add chili sauce to taste. They found that those who added the most hot sauce had the highest levels of testosterone.

Professor Laurent Begue, one of the authors of the study, told the Telegraph: 

“The hormone drives men to seek thrills and new sensations, leading them to frequent more stimulating social groups and take more risks.

In this case, it applies to risk-taking in taste … It is also possible that the regular consumption of spicy food contributes to increasing testosterone levels, although so far this has only been demonstrated on rodents.”

Well gentlemen, I guess it’s time to load up on the hot sauce?

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