Whole Grain Cereal May Help Control Blood Pressure

(BusinessWeek) — Eating breakfast cereal — especially whole grain cereal — may reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

“We found about a 20 percent decreased risk of developing hypertension in those who consumed whole grain breakfasts cereals at least seven times a week,” said lead researcher Dr. Jinesh Kochar, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the VA Boston Healthcare System.

“Along with other healthy lifestyles, such as low sodium intake and physical activity, getting whole grain from this readily available source can cut down the risk of developing chronic hypertension,” he added.

Findings from the study, which received no private industry funding, were scheduled for presentation Tuesday at an American Heart Association conference in Atlanta.

For the study, Kochar’s team collected data on 13,368 male doctors who took part in the Physicians Health Study I, a landmark trial begun in 1982.

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