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:
Want to be an alpha male? Here’s the trick
Kimchi StewIts hot-red colour is so inviting, and its taste is just as nice. Korean kimchi stew is hot, hot, hot, and it's the perfect treat to stay warm and 'alpha.' Points for making your own kimchi! GET THE RECIPEThinkstock
Devil's CurryDevil's curry is a scorcher, but it's complex and won't just burn your tongue. This Malaysian dish is a spicy red curry made with a spice paste of red chilies, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, and turmeric. GET THE RECIPERasa Malaysia
Hot WingsWhen it comes to spicy chicken wings, keep things simple. That's definitely Hot Sauce Daily's take with its aromatic Sriracha Garlic wings. Who said becoming an alpha male was going to be difficult? GET THE RECIPEThinkstock
Creole ShrimpSpicy shrimp dishes are Creole classics, and thankfully they aren't too difficult to master. This creole shrimp dish has a chunky tomato and pepper sauce which delicately coats the entire dish. GET THE RECIPEThinkstock
Spicy CaesarThere's no one way to make a Caesar, especially nowadays. From bacon rims to burger garnishes, what's not to love about this fiery brunch staple? Blogger The Artful Desperado garnishes with chorizo, hot peppers and olives! Yum. GET THE RECIPE Thinkstock