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Eating hot chili peppers could help you live longer, according to a study from Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Researchers looking at a number of studies found that consuming hot peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in mortality. The main component of peppers is capsaicin, which may prevent obesity. One easy way to get them into your diet is with recipes like this one: Sausage” and Pepper Heroes.