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Can spicy foods curb salt cravings or lower blood pressure? Study says ‘yes’

BEIJING: People who like spicy foods may eat less salt and have lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study from China suggests. When people didn’t care for spicy food, they consumed an average of 13.4 grams a day of salt, according to the study published in the journal Hypertension. But when people craved spicy dishes, their average salt intake was just 10.3 grams a day. Systolic blood pressure – the “top” number showing how much pressure blood exerts against artery…