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Lower Blood Pressure With Whole Grains

If you have high blood pressure, you might want to eat more whole grains, suggests a new Harvard study of more than 30,000 male health professionals. Men who ate the most whole grains (46 g a day, on average) were 19% less likely to develop hypertension over 18 years than those who ate the least (3.3 g). An earlier study in women also found an inverse association between whole-grain intake and hypertension.

Unlike refined grains, whole grains retain most of their fiber and nutrients, such as folate and potassium. Look for a "whole" grain listed as the first ingredient in breads, cereals, pastas, and other grain products. (The word "enriched" indicates that the product contains refined grains.) Bran cereals also are worth checking out. Read more -

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