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Vegetarian Diet Linked to Lower Blood Pressure, Study Finds

The Los Angeles Times reports on a finding published in JAMA that has found that a vegetarian diet may be linked to lower blood pressure. Researchers analyzed data from seven different clinical trials and 32 observational studies for the effects of a plant-based diet. Results “indicated a systolic difference of 4.8 mm of mercury lower for vegetarians than for omnivores in the clinical, or controlled, trials, and 6.9 mm in the observational studies” a difference that is similar to that which may result from a “low-salt diet or losing about 10 pounds.” Though the study didn’t point to a specific aspect of the diet which may contribute to this effect, a vegetarian diet is linked to a lower BMI and a diet lower in saturated fat and higher in potassium.

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.