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Eat for your Heart

More evidence is coming out that a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar and processed foods is effective at lowering high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease or stroke.
 
In this study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers followed approximately 88,000 women for about 25 years to see if their food choices had an impact on their chance of experiencing high blood pressure. The results showed that women who ate similarly to the DASH diet were 24% less likely to have a heart attack and 18% less likely to have a stroke.
 
The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, emphasizes eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and lean plant-based proteins.
 
This study further promotes the idea that your diet has a lot to do with your attempts to live healthier. John Robbins, author of Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples has long argued that a diet rich in natural foods, like fruits and vegetables, are critical for healthier living.
 
So get off your butt and go to the grocery store today! Those bananas and avocados could be the fountain of health you’ve been looking for! [MSNBC.com]
 

Posted: 4/15/08