Sep 10 2012

Public Enemy Number Two

Published by at 1:43 pm under Uncategorized

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is “public health enemy number two” right behind smoking. According to an article in today’s Boston Globe and a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, uncontrolled high blood pressure contributes to 1,000 deaths in this country every day. Individuals may need to add or adjust the medication they use to control high blood pressure, but  don’t overlook using food as medicine. According to Dr. Frank M. Sacks ,  professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods ” abolishes thirty years of blood pressure aging in 4 weeks,” That diet is famously known as the DASH Diet.

Here are some tips to help eat the DASH way :

  • Eat three meals. If you skip you will not get all the  food groups you need to help with hunger and good health.
  • Include a fruit or vegetable or both every time you eat —or simply  fill half the plate with vegetables.
  • Snack on “wet” foods ( fruit, vegetable, low-fat yogurt), measure “dry” food (crackers, granola bars,  pretzels) portions of “dry”  food should be one ounce or 100 calories.
  • Don’t get hungry, eat three meals and snack on foods  that help with hunger; “wet foods“.


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