The longstanding "More Matters" campaign urges Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables (see www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org). Evidence to support this healthy habit keeps piling up, with the latest from a study that pooled dietary data from three large, long-term studies that followed more than 187,000 people for an average of over 20 years.
The researchers found that people who ate more whole fruits—especially apples, pears, grapes, and raisins—were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who rarely ate those foods. As for vegetables, broccoli and carrots appeared to be the best choices for staving off high blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables provide minerals such as potassium and substances called flavonoids, both of which are linked to lower blood pressure. The study was published online in the Dec. 7, 2015, issue of Hypertension.
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