Women fancy men more af­ter eat­ing spicy food

*Del­i­cacy may curb un­healthy crav­ings for salt, lead­ing to lower blood pres­sure

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Acurry house is prob­a­bly not the first place you would think about go­ing on your first date. But re­search sug­gests that go­ing out for a chicken pep­per­soup could ac­tu­ally boost your chances of love.

Sci­en­tists found women fancy men more af­ter eat­ing spicy food - and were more likely to be in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing a re­la­tion­ship.

The St Cloud State Univer­sity in Min­ne­sota study showed women who had spicy food found men one fifth bet­ter-look­ing. How­ever, the sci­en­tists found the op­po­site ef­fect from sweet treats - be­cause of an un­con­scious as­so­ci­a­tion in the brain. They said that be­cause words to de­scribe spicy food, such as hot, is a com­mon term to de­scribe some­one be­ing at­trac­tive.

This sup­pos­edly helps to so­lid­ify thoughts about af­fec­tion, and po­ten­tially pur­su­ing a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship, the team wrote.

Jenni Miska, lead re­searcher, pub­lished the find­ings in Psi Chi and said “em­bod­ied cog­ni­tion” - when sen­sa­tions af­fect thoughts - was to blame.

The aca­demics wrote said: “A spicy flavour was found to in­crease ro­man­tic in­ter­est as well as phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness rat­ings.

“It sup­ports the sug­ges­tion that sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences, in this case taste, can in­flu­ence cog­ni­tive per­cep­tions re­gard­ing po­ten­tial re­la­tion­ships.”

Re­searchers made the con­clu­sion af­ter as­sess­ing data from 87 women who were ei­ther given sweet, spicy or bland snacks, the Sun re­ports.

The sweet group were given four Oreo cook­ies and the bland group had eight Lay’s Salt & Vine­gar Fla­vored Potato Chips.

While those in the spicy con­di­tion were given Chee­tos Crunchy Ched­dar Jalapeño Cheese - be­cause it wasn't un­bear­ably hot.

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