Beef is slowly earning its way back into dietary plans via real science, thereby getting a viable chance to increase market share.
One of the most recent of these studies showed increased beef in the diet can decrease systolic blood pressure, even in people who have normal blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in blood pressure analysis and it measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats.
One reason this number is considered important, says the American Heart Association, is systolic blood pressure typically rises steadily with age because of increasing stiffness of large arteries, long-term build-up of plaque, and/or increased incidence of cardiac and vascular disease.
The Pennsylvania-based study basically compared the substitution of lean beef for vegetable proteins in a diet which has been shown to decrease systolic blood pressure. That comparative diet is called Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH.
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