Despite our understanding of nutrition expanding remarkably in recent times, few aspects of our diet continue to confuse and divide the experts like nitrate.
For a long time nitrate has been viewed warily, with previous research showing it could potentially be linked to causing cancer.
However, subsequent research has revealed dietary nitrate also has various cardiovascular health benefits, which could help reduce the risk of related conditions such as heart disease, dementia and diabetes.
So, how can one dietary compound have such contrasting potential risks and benefits?
Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Nutrition and Health Innovation Research Institute hopes to find out how and why nitrate such contrasting potential risks and benefits.
All about the source
Dr. Catherine Bondonno led a review of nitrate research and says the key may lie in where it comes from.
“We get nitrate from three major dietary sources: meat, water