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Can eating more
whole-grain foods
help lower my blood pressure?
refning. Whole-grain foods are a rich
source of healthy nutrients, including
fber, potassium, magnesium and folate.
Eating more whole-grain foods offers
many health benefts that can work
together to help reduce your risk of high
blood pressure by:
Aiding in weight control, since
whole-grain foods can make you feel
full longer
Increasing your intake of potassium,
which is linked to lower blood
It might. Some research
suggests that eating
more whole-grain foods
on a regular basis can
help reduce your chance
of developing high blood
pressure (hypertension).
Whole grains are grains that include
the entire grain kernel — they haven’t
had their bran and germ removed by
pressure
Decreasing your risk of insulin
resistance
Reducing damage to your blood
vessels
If you already have high blood
pressure, eating more whole-
grain foods might help lower
your blood pressure and
possibly reduce your need for
blood pressure medication.
According to
the Dietary
Guidelines for
Americans,
as part of an
overall healthy
diet, adults
should eat at
least 85 grams
of whole-grain
foods a day -
that’s about 3
ounces, or the
equivalent of
three slices of
whole-wheat
bread.
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