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Cholesterol-Lowering 'Portfolio Diet' Also Reduces Blood Pressure

(St. Michael's Hospital) A diet developed for reducing cholesterol also lowers blood pressure, a St. Michael's Hospital study has found…
The portfolio diet lowered blood pressure by an average two per cent, when compared with another diet recommended to reduce hypertension.
The portfolio diet includes foods that are scientifically-proven to lower cholesterol including mixed nuts, soy protein, plant sterols (found in vegetable oils and leafy vegetables) and viscous fiber (found in oats, barley and eggplant). The comparison method, a dietary approach to stopping hypertension, or DASH diet, emphasizes fruit, vegetables and whole grains, reduced meat and dairy intake, and eliminating snack food…
The modest, two per cent reduction in blood pressure on the portfolio diet is in addition to the five to ten millimeter blood pressure improvement associated with a DASH-type diet. Although the DASH diet had higher compliance rates, the portfolio diet was more effective in reducing blood pressure.
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