Start stocking up on low-fat yogurt because this calcium-rich snack may be lowering your risk of high blood pressure. The results of a 15-year study, presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions, tracked more than 2,100 adults who did not have the condition to begin with.
Researchers found that those who ate at least one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate less of it. In addition to following this diet, researchers discovered that systolic pressure, the forcing of blood in the arteries as the heart beats, increased less.
About one in three adults living in the United States have high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This condition, also known as hypertension, can lead to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the nation, as well as strokes, dementia and kidney failure, among other health problems.
This study, partially funded by yogurt company Dannon, is part of an ongoing project, known as Framingham Heart Study.
Will you be buying low-fat yogurt on your next trip to the grocery store?