Men who enjoy spicy food have higher testosterone levels

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Researchers from the University of Grenoble compared the hormone levels of 114 men to the amount of chilli sauce they added to mashed potato Those with highest testosterone were found to add more chilli to their food Chilli peppers have also been found to increase testosterone levels in rats Testosterone is known to increase risk taking behaviour and could explain why men with higher levels seek out hotter food to prove themselves

By Richard Gray for MailOnline

Published: 06:20 EST, 15 December 2014 | Updated: 07:20 EST, 15 December 2014

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It is a scene repeated in curry houses around the world - male customers trying to prove their manhood by eating the hottest curry on the menu.

But now is seems this rite of manliness may actually be based on scientific fact after researchers have shown that only real men go for the spiciest food.

Physiologists at the University of Grenoble, in France, have found that men with a taste for spicy foods tend to have higher levels of the hormone testosterone.

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