tHE Best Eating Habit for High Blood Pressure
In a new study recently published in the AHA's Hypertension monthly journal, researchers compared dietary information from over 12,000 participants in the China Health and Nutrition Survey
to gather data regarding their blood pressure. They found that those whose protein came from a wider variety of sources were less likely to get hypertension.
It's worth noting that all the protein sources studied were food sources, not, say, protein powder."Our study was based on the dietary intake of diverse proteins,
but not protein supplements," study author Xianhui Qin, M.D., of the National Clinical Research Center for Kidney Disease at Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China
"Our findings encourage the consumption of more kinds of dietary proteins in the appropriate quantities—that is, we should eat a balanced diet including proteins from a variety of sources."
Eating a wide variety of foods that are high in protein has the added benefit of bringing more nutrients into your diet."You have to remember that a protein-dominant food,
like salmon, has other nutrients besides protein," Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, nutrition and wellness expert and co-author of Sugar Shock,
"So, sticking with the salmon example, you're getting omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, B vitamins, etc. All protein-rich foods have nutrients, but they have varying amounts of them…
That's why variety is important, and in this case, it seems to help prevent high blood pressure."
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