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New research may just explain why that fad Mediterranean diet is still so popular. It is actually good for you!
According to Nature World News, researchers at King’s College in London found that unsaturated fatty acids from olive oil combined with nitrite and nitrate rich veggies can protect people from hypertension.
Studies before this have shown that this popular diet can help people live longer (and healthier).
The combination of the foods eaten during the Mediterranean diet with olive oil enacts a chemical reaction in the stomach to form nitro fatty acids. These react with an enzyme to help keep blood pressure down and, in many cases, lose weight.
“The findings of our study,” said Phillip Eaton, “help to explain why previous research has shown that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil or nuts can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular problems.”
According to Daily Mail, researchers say that something as simple as tossing your salad in an olive oil could impact your health.
With these findings, teams are trying to develop a pill that would recreate what the nitro fatty acids do for someone’s health.
After all, not everyone loves chomping on a salad.