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Volume 5 Issue 7, July 2021

Volume 5 Issue 7

Spicy cuisine in hot and cool places

Is the use of spice a response to local variations in the risk of foodborne infection? Bromham et al. examined the relationship between use of spice and factors such as local temperature and risk of infection across 70 cuisines. Contrary to predictions, use of spice was not strongly associated with these variables, but varied with socio-economic factors.

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