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Higher Levels Of Protein, Including Lean Beef, In Diet Helps Reduce Blood Pressure

July 17, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who clinically tested four isocaloric diets that included different amounts of beef as a protein source among 36 adults (aged 30 to 65) found that the one providing the highest amount of lean beef each day was most effective at reducing blood pressure. Diets tested over five weeks – and alternated among the participants – included  20 grams of beef a day, 28 grams of beef, 113 grams of beef, and153 grams of beef. The latter diet, known as BOLD+, was more effective at reducing blood pressure when compared to the other tested diets. The researchers concluded that “increasing total dietary protein (or decreasing dietary carbohydrate) in combination with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber and low-fat dairy appears to play an important role in reducing systolic blood pressure”.
M. A. Roussell et al., "Effects of a DASH-like diet containing lean beef on vascular health. ", Journal of Human Hypertension, July 17, 2014, © Roussell et al.
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