Green leafy vegetables and olive oil promote a healthy heart
An Italian research team from the Cancer Research and Prevention Institute in Florence have discovered that women with a diet rich in leafy green are 46 per cent less likely to develop heart disease than women who eat less than one serving per day.
The researchers also found that those who consume at least three tablespoons of olive oil each day experience roughly the same benefit.
The study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at data from around 30,000 Italian women, tracking their health for a period of eight years, before correlating cases of heart disease against dietary habits.
The researchers believe the positive effects could be down to micronutrients such as folate and as well as helping to maintain a healthy heart, leafy greens and olive oil can also help to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of breast cancer, maintain healthy weight and prevent obesity among other things.
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