Yogurt and High Blood Pressure
A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that eating yogurt on a regular basis could reduce hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.
Participants who ate more than two servings of yogurt per week were shown to have a 20% less chance of developing heart disease or having strokes in future. Additionally, women were also 30% less likely to have a heart attack.
The DASH Diet
The study also found that an increase in yogurt consumption along with a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet resulted in the lowest risk of developing heart disease.
If you want to increase yogurt in your diet, you may want to avoid those with too much added sugar. Sugars can contribute to health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. Try plain yogurt instead and add your own flavorings. You can mix in fresh, canned, or frozen fruits without added sugar.
If you would like to learn more about the DASH diet and heart-healthy eating, join us for a FREE DASH diet presentation this Wednesday, March 7th, at 5:00 pm. Location is at Woodholme Cardiovascular Associates, 1838 Greene Tree Rd. Suite 535. Pikesville, MD 21208.