Eating Leafy Green Vegetables (just a wee bit) Lowers Heart Disease Risk

Researchers examined data from over 50,000 people residing in Denmark taking part in the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study over a 23-year period. They found that people who consumed the most nitrate-rich vegetables had about a 2.5 mmHg lower systolic blood pressure and between 12 to 26 percent lower risk of heart disease.

Lead researcher Dr Catherine Bondonno from ECU’s Institute for Nutrition Research said identifying diets to prevent heart disease was a priority.

“Our results have shown that by simply eating one cup of raw (or half a cup of cooked) nitrate-rich vegetables each day, people may be able to significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease,” Dr Bondonno said.

Edith Cowan University. “One cup of leafy green vegetables a day lowers risk of heart disease.” ScienceDaily. (accessed May 9, 2021).

One cup raw or a half cup cooked daily. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t leafy greens on a daily basis. But now since my awareness level is higher I simply need to try harder.

I love spinach.

I don’t understand kale at all.

I have a package of organic baby bok choy leaves in the fridge which I actually bought before I read this article.

I wonder if parsley counts?

13 thoughts on “Eating Leafy Green Vegetables (just a wee bit) Lowers Heart Disease Risk

  1. Sure, why not for parsley? My Irish grandmother used to make all sorts of dishes with leafy greens such as kale, bok choy, endive, and escarole. Check out Colcannon. It’s delicious.

      • I wish I knew. She died when I was very young. So much of what I know about my Nana is stories from my mother. My mother grew up in an Irish home eating Irish food all of her life and never wanted to eat it again. So we never had anything traditionally Irish in my home growing up. My maternal grandparents immigrated here in the early 1900s. I just vaguely remember eating the Colcannon and it was so soft and warm and delicious. Perfect comfort food.

      • If I were to venture a guess plenty of whole milk and high quality butter with whatever greens were available. Who besides a militant vegan wouldn’t like a dish like this?

      • That sounds about right. It was always whole milk and butter in our house. Never ever margarine. I know from the stories the greens depended on the season and what they could gather. Same with the fish. Nana always had a garden. And my grandfather who was called The Chief fished. I wish they had lived long enough for me to get to know them in person. It was so interesting hearing my mother talk of growing up within immigrant communities. They were all Catholic but you had the Polish Catholics, the Italian Catholics, the Irish Catholics, and the Puerto Rican Catholics. There was a definite hierarchy too. I think depending upon when your family came over.

      • I grew up with AA, Jews, and Italian Catholics in my town of Newark, NJ. Unfortunately I never knew either of my grandfathers, the grandmother who stayed in China, or my grandmother here in the states. We didn’t speak the same language because my parents stopped speaking Chinese in the house once I started school.

      • English is my sole language at this point though my project for 2021 is learning Spanish. It is very difficult learning a new language at age 70. But I spend one hour a day every day.

      • Yo tambien. And also all of my lessons are from audible. So I haven’t seen any Spanish written. I do one hour of a lesson every morning during my walk. I have to listen to the lesson six or seven times to even begin to get it.

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