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France is known for rich foods, but spicy? Not really.

But according to scientists at the University of Grenoble in the south of France, a regular diet of chili peppers could increase testosterone. That’s right, testosterone, the hormone believed to increase sexual appetite, attractiveness and efficiency, as well as contribute to increases in assertiveness. There are even reports that suggest women with high levels of testosterone are more likely to achieve orgasm, so there’s that, too.

Researchers monitored 114 men aged 18 to 44, and the process was simple: put a plate of mashed potatoes in front of the subject, and offer them chili sauce. It turns out, those who used more hot sauce had exponentially higher measurements of testosterone.

According to the University of Grenoble’s Professor Begue, high testosterone directs men to “more stimulating social groups and take more risks.”  Sounds like delicious research. Want to increase your “alpha male” status? We’ve got five hot and delicious recipes that’ll do the trick: