Wanna know how much testosterone is coursing through a man's veins? Pay attention to how much Tabasco he douses on his eggs. At least that's the theory put forth by researchers at the University of Grenoble-Alpes in France.
According to their new study, titled "Some Like It Hot," men who prefer spicier meals tend to have higher testosterone levels than those who don't. To arrive at this conclusion, researchers studied the eating habits of 114 men (aged 18 to 44) who were presented with a plate of mashed potatoes and optional condiments of pepper sauce and salt. In the end, they observed a strong correlation between testosterone levels (measured from the subjects' saliva) and predelictions for spicier food.
"A positive correlation was observed between endogenous salivary testosterone and the quantity of hot sauce individuals voluntarily and spontaneously consumed with a meal," they wrote.
They also mention that each man's preference for salt — the control substance — didn't produce "specific correlations" in terms of testosterone levels, which are linked to a man's sex drive and aggressive tendencies.
So the next time you see a man emptying a bottle of Rooster Sauce on his scrambled eggs, it's not wild to assume he might have tons of testosterone. That, or you're eating at an establishment that serves bland, terrible scrambled eggs.