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Eating Potatoes twice a day can lower your blood pressure.

3 Sep

I often wonder why researchers spend good money to research something that is already know.  I am convinced potato is a good food and does the body good when eaten in moderation and cooked in a way that promotes health. For example boiling or baking potatoes and not deep-frying.

Well a recent research found out that potatoes eaten correctly can reduce blood pressure. How many of you out there eat potatoes regularly and still have blood pressure?  I am  sure millions. What is the purpose of studies such as these? To get us to buy and eat more potatoes? I am sure it is. There are so many foods and teas and diets that are great for managing blood pressure. Here’s an excerpt of the article

Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, analyzed 18 patients who ate six to eight small purple potatoes twice daily for
a month and found their systolic and diastolic blood pressures (the top and bottom numbers on a blood pressure reading) dropped by 3.5 and 4.3 percent,
respectively.

 Most patients were either overweight or obese, and many were already taking medications for high blood pressure during the study, which was funded by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture
 and was to be presented Wednesday at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver. Experts note that research presented at scientific meetings is preliminary and has not yet been peer-reviewed.

While I say thanks for the study I would add perhaps these scarce research dollars might be better spent on trying to find a cure for some of these diseases rather than treating symptoms all the time.

 

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Heart Healthy Coffee Cake for your Sweet Tooth

26 Sep

Ingredients

  • 5 cup(s) apple(s), tart
  • 1 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 cup(s) raisins
  • 1/2 cup(s) nuts, pecans
  • 1/4 cup(s) oil, vegetable
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg(s)
  • 2 cup(s) flour, all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Lightly oil 13- by 9- by 2-inch pan.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples with sugar, raisins, and pecans. Mix well and let stand for 30 minutes.

4. Stir in oil, vanilla, and egg. Sift together flour, soda, and cinnamon, and stir into apple mixture about a third at a time – just enough to moisten dry ingredients.

5. Turn batter into pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool cake slightly before serving

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