Study: Eating whole grains can reduce hypertension risk

Researchers say whole grains, like popcorn, can help manage blood pressureA new study has suggested eating more whole grain foods may help keep blood pressure in check.

The study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men who ate the most whole grains were 19 percent less likely to develop hypertension than those who ate smaller amounts, according to Reuters.

Scientists say the link remained even after accounting for other factors that could affect blood pressure like fruit and vegetable intake, use of vitamins, amount of physical activity, and whether or not they were screened for high cholesterol.

The researchers say there’s evidence that whole grain consumption may also help women avoid elevated blood pressure.

According to the Whole Grains Council, foods containing whole grains have all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. It is recommended that individuals eat at least three servings a day.

Whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and colorectal cancer. They are also an important health resource for weight management.

Examples of whole grain foods include wheat, oats, quinoa, corn (including popcorn), barley and rye.