Wednesday, 27 July 2011
We all know that lowering our blood pressure is good for our health, and potentially, the length of our lives.
That's why this new study may provide some insight on how to help you on your journey to lower your stats!
Published in Circulation, the Journal of the American Heart Association says that this U.S. study suggests that swapping bread, crackers, and cookies for milk, yogurt, tofu, and soy beverages may be the key to lowering blood pressure.
352 adults with normal to high blood pressure or mild hypertension took 40 grams of soy protein, milk protein, or refined carbohydrates every day for eight weeks. The soy and milk protein lowered systolic blood pressure significantly, while refined carbohydrates did not alter it.
Although small on the individual level, the study claims that on a population level, this nutrition swap could reduce stroke related deaths by 6% and reduce heart disease related deaths by 4%.
Moral of the study? Limit your refined carbs (we already know about this one) and swap them for low fat dairy. Greek yogurt or a glass of non fat milk can make a great addition to any meal.
This study has actually made me think about my own diet, as I don't get a lot of dairy. In fact, I tend to steer clear of it.
Do you guys eat a lot of non-fat dairy? Are you worried about your blood pressure? What are some methods you've tried to work on your heart health?