About 80 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension), and, according to the CDC, more than 360,000 American deaths in 2010 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause. That's 1,000 deaths each day.
The good news is, healthy lifestyle choices go a long way toward helping control high blood pressure and summer foods are a great place to start.
The American Heart Association
recommends eating a diet that is low in sodium and high in potassium. They call this the D.A.S.H. (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan, and encourage foods from the following list:
In addition to potassium, calcium and magnesium are also key warriors in the battle against hypertension. Here are some great summer foods – most of which are available at your local farmer's market right now – that contain all three:*
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