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What Makes A Man Alpha? Here’s The Answer To The Loaded Question …

Alpha males dominate the pages of romance novels. From historical to contemporary, from paranormal to urban fantasy, and every sub-genre in between, has a plethora of alpha males to make a reader fan herself! Although the prevalence of alpha males in real life is less compared to romance novels, there are genuine alphas who thrive on the thrill of adventure in risk-taking ventures and cutthroat offices. And a major ingredient in making these men alpha is spicy food, which is as hot as they are. Or so says a recent study!

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A study conducted by scientists of the respected University of Grenoble suggests that regular consumption of spicy food, including chili peppers, may raise men’s testosterone levels, which is a hormone believed responsible for making men more adventurous, sexually active, and enterprising. In short, the study suggests that men who like spicy food are alpha.

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One of the authors of the study, Laurent Begue, said,

“These results are in line with a lot of research showing a link between testosterone and financial, sexual and behavioral risk-taking.”

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The study included 114 men in the age group 18 to 44, all living in Grenoble, in south-eastern France. These men were polled on whether or not they liked spicy foods, and who were later served a dish of mashed potatoes. They were asked to season it with however much of chili sauce and salt they wanted.

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When their testosterone samples taken from their saliva before the study were compared to the ones taken after they’d eaten their mashed potatoes with chili sauce, researchers found a significant increase in their testosterone levels. The higher the chili sauce consumption, the higher the testosterone levels.

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According to Professor Begue, the hormone drives men to seek thrills and new sensations, leading them to ‘more stimulating social groups and take more risks.’ High testosterone levels in men has long been linked to dominant and competitive nature.

“In this case, it applies to risk-taking in taste,” he said. “It is also possible that the regular consumption of spicy food contributes to increasing testosterone levels, although so far this has only been demonstrated on rodents.”

The research paper, which is aptly titled, ‘Some Like It Hot,’ is published in the US-based journal, ‘Physiology and Behavior.’

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The French don’t like to hinder their taste buds by adding chili in their cuisine, but wanting to enjoy the subtle and delicate flavors of classic French cuisine. But this study may make them want to eat hotter and spicier food to prove their masculinity. We hope they don’t – not to prove their manliness!

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The line between what is considered masculine and feminine being redrawn almost every day, men need not burn their tongues and taste buds just to prove their manliness. There are other more incredible ways to show their machismo – like respecting a woman just because, accepting a NO from a woman graciously, not taking advantage of a drunk woman, and most important of all, treating women as their equals – in all spheres of life.

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Men who like spicy food are more alpha
According to a new study, there is a correlation between spicy food and a man's testosterone levels. Men who like spicy food are alpha. Read on to know more.
Chaitra Ramalingegowda

Chaitra Ramalingegowda

I fell in love with storytelling long before I knew what it was. Love well written stories, writing with passion, baking lip-smacking-finger-licking chocolate cakes, engaging movies, and home-cooked food. A true work-in-progress and a believer in the idiom 'all those who wander are not lost'. Twitter: @ChaitraRlg