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May 4, 2015 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Heart Health

Take the Pressure Off With Yogurt

If you enjoy your yogurt like I do, you will be pleased to know that in addition to getting a nice dose of several critical nutrients like calcium, zinc, potassium, B vitamins and those awesome beneficial bacteria (probiotics) – yogurt may help lower your risk of high blood pressure. In a study that followed the eating habits of 2000 American adults over 15 years, the regular yogurt eaters (defined as those consuming at least six ounces every three days) were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure. Additionally, systolic blood pressure, which typically increases with age, went up less in the yogurt eaters vs. those who didn’t eat yogurt. (American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Session)

Greek yogurt

For best results, always choose low-fat or non-fat PLAIN (not flavored- too much sugar) yogurt. To add some “healthy” sweetness– mix it with some fresh cut fruit, berries, or a small amount (1-2 tsp per 6-8 ounces) of molasses, honey, or maple syrup. These natural sweeteners have the highest nutrient to sugar ratio. Black strap molasses is always my preferred sweetener because I love its robust flavor and know it is loaded with important minerals including potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. You can’t get any of these good guys from table sugar!