If you are following a diet to lower blood pressure, you may expand your protein options to include lean, unprocessed pork, new research suggests. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is recommended to reduce blood pressure and is focused on the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, low-fat dairy products, nuts, poultry and fish, while reducing fats, red meats, including pork, and added sugars.  “If people have to rely only on fish and chicken their diet choices can be limited and our results support that lean pork may be a viable option for people who are consuming a DASH diet without compromising the effectiveness of the diet plan,” said co-author Drew Sayer, doctoral student in nutrition science at Purdue University in the US.

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