Can eating whole grains reduce my risk of high blood pressure?

Piling your favorite sandwich fixings on the right kind of bread could mean healthier blood pressure. The right choice? One hundred percent whole-grain. A recent study showed that a diet high in whole grains may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure by as much as 20 percent. And all you have to do is check a label!

The story continues to unfold, but experts have some good guesses about how whole grains work their blood-pressure-lowering magic. It's a one-two punch: Whole grains contain potassium, which is the king of all blood-pressure taming minerals, and fiber, which helps you stay blood-pressure-friendly slim. Whole grains also make blood vessels more flexible—important for preventing pressure buildup in arteries.

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