A recent study proves that men who prefer spicier foods have higher levels of testosterone, and tend to be alpha males.

A study conducted by a team of researchers at the university of Grenoble has concluded that men who prefer spicier foods tend to have higher levels of testosterone.

For this research, 114 men between the ages of 18 to 44 were first asked if they are a fan of spicy and hot foods. After answering a few questions, the men were then given mashed potatoes and hot sauce and salt to season their meal however they’d like. For the most part, the men who decided to heavily season their mashed potatoes with spices had a higher level of testosterone. 

Before men decide that to prove their masculinity they need to down 4 bottles of hot sauce, it’s important to be mindful that it is quite hard to draw a distinct connection between spicy foods and testosterone. The link could be biological, if spicy food causes testosterone levels to heighten. A 2013 study has found that mice exposed to a chemical called capsaicin, the chemical that makes food spicy, had higher levels of testosterone than mice that were not exposed to this chemical.

Environmental factors could also play a key, if men feel pressure to go heavy on hot sauce in order to feel masculine.

Colour also played a key role in this study, as the men were asked what their preferred colour was. The men who preferred red (the colour of the hot sauce) generally had higher levels of testosterone than the men who preferred the colour blue.  

Do you think that there could seriously be a connection between spicy food and testosterone? Let us know in the comments below!