February 12, 2009

Chicken Soup For the Heart

A new study published in the Journal of Agriculture & Food Chemistry suggests eating chicken noodle soup often can help keep your blood pressure levels normal. The chicken meat contains collagen proteins, which may inhibit the production of angiotensin-converting enzymes, substances that can narrow blood vessels and raise blood pressure.
To get all the benefits, though, choose a low-sodium version, because too much salt will simply raise your blood pressure again. Exceeding the 2,400 milligram daily amount for sodium intake can lead to hypertension.
And of course, chicken noodle soup usually has lots of veggies, which also provide a heart-healthy punch!
(from SHAPE magazine, March 2009, Volume 28, #7)

No comments:

Post a Comment