Leafy greens can help you avoid a heart attack or stroke. Just one more reason not to complain ever again and eat a salad.
In a recent study, rats that were given nitrates, compounds found in Swiss chard, radishes, lettuce, carrots, green beans, spinach, beets, cabbage, lettuce, kale and celery, in their drinking water had fewer oxygen-carrying red blood cells than a control group.
This is good news, since a red-blood-cell build-up can trigger clots and lead to heart attacks and strokes. And there’s no need to exaggerate; the rats received the nitrate equivalent of just a plate of leafy greens a day.