Your heart health depends on the ability of your arteries to dilate and allow blood to flow freely. So if you’re concerned about your cardiovascular system, beware of the meal that can close your arteries.
A study at the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (ÉPIC) of the Montreal Heart Institute shows that merely eating one junk food meal can hamper the dilation of your arteries. When researchers fed volunteers a sandwich that contained sausage, egg and cheese along with hash browns, their arteries lost 24 percent of their ability to widen.
In contrast, a meal consistent with the Mediterranean diet, containing salmon, almonds and vegetables cooked with vegetable oil, allowed their arteries to function normally.
“These results will positively alter how we eat on a daily basis. Poor endothelial (blood vessel) function is one of the most significant precursors of atherosclerosis. It is now something to think about at every meal,” says researcher Anil Nigam.
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