Hot stuff! ‘Alpha’ males prefer spicy foods, study finds

Study finds that males with higher levels of the hormone testosterone prefer spicy food

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A recent French study has found a relationship between male testosterone levels and food preference with males having higher levels of the hormone preferring spicy food.

The study, published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, looked at the food preference of 114 men aged 18 to 44 and as part of the experiment the men were also served a dish of mashed potatoes and allowed to put as much hot sauce or salt as they liked on it.

Those with higher testosterone levels showed a greater preference for hot sauce, the researchers at University of Grenoble found.

The men also used more of the hot sauce to season the mashed potatoes.

“In contrast, significant correlations were not observed between testosterone and behavioral preference for salty foods,” the study said.

“The underlying cause of the use of spice by individuals with high testosterone levels should be further analyzed, as it might be the result of learned or innate preferences,” the scientists conclude in the study.

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