Is it the protein or the fat in my diet that cause high blood pressure?

Q: I have gone vegan and my blood pressure has dropped.   My  systolic has dropped 30 points and my diastolic has dropped  8 points.  Is it the protein or fat in my diet that causes the high pressure?

A: In general, vegetarians have lower blood pressure than meat eaters.  The reasons are not clear.  Perhaps it is the lower fat content or the higher potassium level from the greater amount of fruits and vegetables consumed.  Most people who switch to a vegetarian diet also lose weight.  Weight loss is another factor to consider.

To read what the American Heart Association has to say go here.



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