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Way to
Lower Blood
Pressure
How would you like your doctor to
prescribe naps to lower your blood
pressure? It could happen, thanks
to a recent study published in the
Journal of the American College of
Cardiology. Researchers found a
60-minute nap each day correlated
with an average drop in blood pressure of 5 mmHg, making it as effective as other measures, including
reducing salt intake, reducing alcohol
consumption and taking low-dose
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W IN TER 2019

GREEN BEAN
CASSEROLE

Which holiday fave is healthier?
Answer: Green bean casserole, but not by much.
Both mashed potatoes and green bean casserole are holiday
staples, adorning Thanksgiving tables the country over. But while
the two dishes are vegetable-based, they're really not worth the
sodium overload.
A half-cup of traditional green bean casserole (the kind with
fried onions) has 118 calories and 7 grams of fat, which doesn't
sound awful in comparison to the other side dishes on your
plate. The biggest problem with the casserole is its sodium
content-a whopping 343 milligrams per serving, more than a
fifth of the daily allowance for most adults!
A half-cup of mashed potatoes clocks in at 147 calories,
5 grams of fat and 387 milligrams of sodium. Topping them with
¹/₈ cup gravy (and who doesn't?) will add 30 calories, 2 grams of
fat and 155 milligrams of sodium.
Stick with green bean casserole for your serving of vegetables,
but make it with lower-sodium soup and
swap the fried onions for toasted
almonds. Better yet, steam
up fresh green beans and
sauté with caramelized onions.

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blood pressure? Track your
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American Heart Association
program "Check. Change.
Control." Visit ccctracker.
com/aha.

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