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What four letter food is associated with reduced blood pressure and body fat?

October 27, 2009 |
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Avoiding salt isn’t the only way to improve our blood pressure, though. Blank consumption—four letters—is associated with greater nutrient intake, reduced blood pressure, lower body weight, and a smaller waist circumference—all things that most Americans could use.
Let’s fill in the blank.
Are beans the answer to America’s health problems? Beer? Beef? Beets? Dates? Corn? Chai tea? Cake consumption is probably a stretch. What about fish? Flax? Lime? Milk? Plum? Rice? Mass taco consumption? Or wine?
And the superfood answer is… Could still be beer. Bean consumption: more nutrients, and better blood pressure, weight, and waist control.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out theother videos on plant-based diet. If you're worried about the gassiness of beans, check out my blogpost Clearing the Air. Also, there are 1,449 other subjectscovered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

For more context, check out my associated blog post, Do Eden Beans Have Too Much Iodine?

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on plant-based diet. If you’re worried about the gassiness of beans, check out my blogpost Clearing the Air. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/myjolina/ Laura Scalia

    What type of bean are they referring to – would something like hummus do the trick??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=640861216 Gary Yuen

    One bean not mentioned is one used by Indians, considered the most strengening bean — urad dal.

  • Deblm

    What kind of beans will help lower blood pressure?

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please also check out my associated blog post Do Eden Beans Have Too Much Iodine?

  • Guy Raveh

    Is there a risk in eating large quantities of legumes and grains due to phytic acid and lectin, as paleo diet fans calim?

    Thank you.

    • Toxins

      Cooking deactivates these anti-nutrients which include lectins, phytic acid, trypsin and α-amylase inhibitors. The paleo folks seem to always leave this information out. I don’t know anyone who consumes uncooked rice or beans.