Previous research has shown that women who eat more whole grains are less likely to develop high blood pressure. But the impact of whole grains on men’s blood pressure was unknown.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (September 2009) followed over 31, 000 men for 18 years. Men with the highest daily whole grain consumption were 19% less likely to develop high blood pressure versus men who ate the least amount of whole grains. The lower blood pressures were found regardless of weight, physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake.
So whole grains can help control blood pressure in both women and men. The current dietary guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 3 ounces or 85 grams of whole grains daily. Whole grains are richer in nutrients because they retain their bran and germ unlike refined grains.
“Take Charge: A Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Heart” discusses how women can help control their blood pressure, cholesterol and other risk factors to prevent a heart attack, stroke and diabetes. “Take Charge: A Man’s Roadmap to a Healthier Heart” is due to be released Fall 2009. For more info visit www.heart-strong.com