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Eat potatoes to reduce BP

Eat potatoes to reduce BP

The general view is that potatoes are always linked to fattening, high carbohydrates and empty calories and usually discarded by most people as fatty food.

However, a research study conducted by Dr Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania shows that eating potatoes daily can help lower blood pressure without any weight gain.

Researchers fed 18 volunteers six to eight potatoes twice a day. Most of those taking part were overweight or obese and on pills to lower blood pressure. And, the potatoes were cooked unpeeled in a microwave.

After a month, the upper of their blood pressure reading when blood is pumped with each beat of the heart, was down by 3.5%. Diastolic or the lower readings decreased by 4.3%. In addition, none of the volunteers put on any weight.

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