Health Watch - Preventing Hypertension: Melons

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about preventing and dealing with high blood pressure. Lifestyle modifications, such as losing weight, eating less sodium and exercising regularly, are key to preventing and treating high blood pressure. The diet recommended for preventing high blood pressure may seem to focus on things you’re not supposed to eat, but there are some foods you should eat.

Sodium is a big “don’t” for people worried about high blood pressure, but potassium is a “do.” Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says melons that are plentiful at this time of year are a great source of potassium. One-fourth of a cantaloupe provides about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of potassium. Two cups of watermelon provide about 10 percent of the recommended amount. Other good potassium sources include dried apricots, avocados, figs, oranges, dates and grapefruit.     

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September 2010


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