Fried food is ok! Just make sure you use olive oil and sunflower oil!
Fried food is not necessarily bad for your cardiovascular health, provided you use olive oil or sunflower oil according to a Spanish study published on Tuesday 24 January in the British Journal of Medicine.
Researchers have shown that there is no relation between fried food and cardiac-related illnesses. Scientists at the Independent University of Madrid followed 40,757 adults over a period of eleven years, interviewing them frequently about their dietary habits. The study showed that there was no link between fried food and cardiac disease.
“Before we all rush to our frying pans, it is important to remember that the volunteers in this study followed a Mediterranean diet and not a British diet based on fish and chips” points out Victoria Taylor, from the British Heart Foundation, in an interview with the BBC.
The advantages of the Mediterranean diet (or Cretan diet) for your health have been well documented for a long time. This way of eating involves a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil and fish, and allows you a glass of wine every now and again.
Health professionals are unanimous: fatty foods can increase arterial blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and can also lead to weight gain. “Whatever the method of cooking, eating fatty foods means more calories for the body”, Victoria Taylor adds. “The best solution for a healthy heart is a balanced diet, with lots of fruit and vegetables, and fatty foods in small quantities”.
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