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Raisins and Soy

Posted on 03/27/2012

By now it should be no surprise that soy is good for you. Just out yesterday, news about how raisins and soy are both good at helping lower blood pressure. Chalk another honor up to soy!

According to the two new studies presented at a major U.S. cardiology conference this past weekend, eating a handful of raisins three times a day helps people with slightly elevated blood pressure lower their numbers after a few weeks. This involved people with pre-hypertension, which essentially means their blood pressure ranged from 120/80 to 139/89, or just higher than normal. Researchers aren't so sure why, however raisins do have high levels of potassium in the dried grapes. Potassium is known to lower blood pressure. They are also a good source of antioxidant dietary fiber that may help reduce blood pressure.

A second study on soy showed that daily intake of foods like tofu, helped lower blood pressure. Those who consumed about 2.5 or more milligrams of soy (isoflavones, a key component in soy) per day had significantly lower blood pressure than those who ate less. That level of isoflavones is easy to attain, since a glass of soy milk contains about 22 mg of isoflavones, about 10 times the amount needed to see an effect according to researchers.

Eating soy can be a way for people to lower blood pressure to avoid progressing to high blood pressure diagnosis and possibly keeping medication at bay. Researchers noted that any dietary or lifestyle modification people can easily make that doesn't require daily medication is exciting, especially considering recent figures estimating that only about one third of Americans with hypertension have their blood pressure under control.

Based on these two new studies, it proves that a healthy diet including soy and raisins can have a positive impact on blood pressure. 

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This past Saturday we set out with our 10 Slim Down contestants to walk down LaSalle Street in downtown Ottawa. This walk was organized to get the group together and help encourage healthy behavior. We had a great time, were recognized by the on-lookers and even ended up in the Ottawa Times. I guess the lime green t-shirts got their attention! 

I'm proud to announce as of week #11, the contestants have lost a total of 411 pounds to date. We are down to the last few weeks, 4 to go, before we crown the winner of the Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down Contest. Be sure to check back here for weekly updates between now and then.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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