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Vegetarian Diet May Help Lower Blood Pressure

vegetariandietbloodpressureJapanese review of 39 studies shows a meatless menu might boost cardiovascular health, but the findings are preliminary

Adopting a vegetarian diet may help people shave points off their blood pressure, a large study from Japan suggests.

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Eating Good Stuff

eatinggoodstuffWhole grains, such as brown rice and oatmeal, are necessary in a healthy diet. Unlike the refined variety, (found in white enriched starches), whole grains have their bran and germ components intact, so they retain more protein and fiber, which helps to slow down the digestive process – promoting a feeling of fullness, stabilizing blood sugar and lowering cholesterol.

But wait, critics say you don’t really need grains, whole or otherwise. These critics are among the vocal, gluten-free and paleo-diet proponent crowd. They say you can get as much fiber and minerals from fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables, (such as kale and broccoli), which, these critics claim, are also easier for the body to digest.

Whole grains are, in fact, essential. They contain unique phytonnutrients, which as part of an overall healthy diet, may help prevent cardiovascular conditions and cancer.

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Should You Really Be Eating Less?

fruitveggiesbetterIt’s the dieter’s mantra: Eat less and move more. Most everyone would agree that “move more” is a good thing. But what about “eat less”?

While it may seem logical to begin a weight loss effort by cutting down on portions, simply putting less food on your plate may not be the best approach – especially for keeping off the weight.

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