Olive oil on salad 'reduces blood pressure'

Consuming olive oil on salad could help to lower a person's blood pressure, potentially improving their health on a long-term basis, a new study has found.

Olive oil is a common feature of a Mediterranean diet, which has long been regarded as a healthy eating plan, as it also contains lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts. This is in great contrast to the traditional British diet, which typically involves large quantities of butter, red meat and animal fat.

Further proving that eating a Mediterranean-style diet is a healthy option is a new study carried out by a team from King's College London and the University of California, which discovered blood pressure levels could potentially be lowered by consuming such food.

Olive oil contains unsaturated fats, while nitrates and nitrites are found in salad ingredients such as spinach, celery and carrots. Together, these form nitro fatty acids, which the researchers decided to investigate further.


Source  - Health News