Blood Pressure Smarts (Page 2)

1. Pile on the Produce

Foods like potatoes, beans and bananas are full of potassium, a mineral that blunts the effect of sodium on blood pressure. "Potassium also relaxes our blood vessel walls, decreasing overall pressure," says Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., Bickford Green & Gold professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont and an EatingWell advisor. "Unfortunately, the typical American diet is much lower in potassium than what’s recommended (and higher in sodium), so we really need to focus on improving that ratio." Aim for twice as much potassium as sodium. Try these produce-packed recipes to get more fruits and veggies in your diet.

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