Men who like spicier food are 'alpha males' with higher levels of testosterone

  • ANI, London
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2014 15:38 IST

A new study has revealed that men who like spicier foods have higher levels of testosterone.

The study conducted at Scientist at the University of Grenoble, found out that there was a positive correlation between an enjoyment of spicy food and levels of the hormone, the Independent reported.

Co-author Laurent Begue told the Telegraph that these results were in line with a lot of research showing a link between testosterone and financial, sexual and behavioral risk-taking.

The study approached 114 men aged between 18 and 44 who were asked to season a sample of mashed potatoes with hot pepper sauce and salt before evaluating the spiciness of the meal.

Greater quantities of testosterone are linked to characteristics that define the typical ?alpha? male, such as aggression, recklessness and a high sex drive.

The study found out that that men, who voluntarily and spontaneously consumed higher levels of hot pepper sauce had higher levels of testosterone, however, there was no link between the hormone and the amount of salt consumed.

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