This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

We know variety is the spice of life. But now it seems “spice” may add more time to your life. Chinese researchers looked at nearly half a million people and found those who ate spicy food six or seven times a week were 14% less likely to kick the bucket than those who ate it less than once a week. Houstonian Conya Barreras, 51, says she spices up everything she eats, “Eating spicy food … just makes me happy. It energizes me.” “I use a lot of hot sauce on my food at home, so I probably do eat (spicy food) six or seven times a week, counting that,” says 81-year-old Winston Crowder, while enjoying lunch at the Cajun Stop restaurant on Jefferson. “Maybe that’s what made me live this long already.”