Researchers have found that the consumption of whole fruits, particularly apples, pears, grapes and raisins, is associated with a lower risk of developing high blood pressure – a common risk factor heart disease. Vegetables are important, too! In fact, broccoli and carrots are top choices for keeping your blood pressure under control. This is because fruits and vegetables provide important minerals and substances (ie. potassium and flavonoids) which are linked to lower blood pressure.
Watch the salt – reducing your salt intake by an average 3 grams a day can lead to a 22% decrease in the total number of deaths resulting from stroke and a 16% decrease in deaths caused by heart disease.
- Eat more fish! Oily fish and seafood contain omega-3 fats which help maintain good health and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- You could experience a 15% reduction in blood cholesterol by changing your diet. A few easy changes include: switching white breads, pastas and rice to brown or wholemeal versions and including fish in your meals 2-3 times per week.
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