Curry can actually boost your chances of living longer, according to scientists.
New research shows that people who ate spicy meals like tikka masala, jalfrezi and vindaloo once or twice a week were 10 per cent less likely to die than those who had them less.
Those who had a curry every day fared even better, with a 14 per cent lower risk of death, according to the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.
They also found that people who regularly enjoy spicy food were far less likely to die if they had conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart or respiratory disease.
A spicy diet also corresponded with a reduced risk of death from infections for women, and the links were stronger in those who did not drink alcohol.
Fresh and dried chilli peppers were the most commonly-used spice in the study of 500,000 Chinese people, aged between 30 and 80.
The research, led by Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing and published in the British Medical Journal, backs up the formula and previous studies on the health benefits of spicy foods.
A bioactive ingredient in spices – capsaicin – was already thought to have anti-obesity, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Additionally, the antimicrobial function of spices including chilli peppers has been noted before.
Chilies are high in calcium as well as vitamins A amd C, and two studies in Australia found that eating chilies may protect against cholesterol and could reduce insulin requirements, which could have a positive impact for people with diabetes.
A 2014 study by the University of California also found eating curry to be beneficial.
According to the research team, blocking the body’s ability to feel pain can boost a person’s lifespan, and that eating chilli peppers on a regular basis is one way of switching off pain.
They pointed to experiments in mice which showed that stopping pain signals from reaching the brain extended their lifespan by as much as 14 per cent.
The animals were also healthier, had a lower rate of cancer and experienced less memory loss due to age.
Speaking about the new study, India Dining owner Asad Khan said: “We all know curries taste great, but this research suggests they could actually be spice of life!
“There is a great deal of evidence on the health benefits of spices and chilies, and this new study helps strengthen the case for incorporating spicy food more regularly into your diet.
“At India Dining we only use the freshest and tastiest ingredients in our dishes so curry lovers can get the best of both world.”