New Dairy Products Regulates Blood Pressure

What Most People Want through Dieting and How Can it be Achieved

Increasingly people desire a diet that makes them feel good. To obtain such a result, many opt for food items that can control their blood pressure. It is estimated that at present 76.4 million US people are living with high blood pressure, while 30% of them have pre-hypertension.

When it comes to managing blood pressure, the only requirement is not to cut down the sodium intake, rather a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle alterations are required. While meeting the required sodium intake, it is also helpful to eat advised levels of potassium, lose excess weight, increase physical activity and have a healthy diet. These suggestions may lower the potential for having problems with high blood pressure.

Dieting is one of the methods effective at combating these conditions. Several short term studies conducted have revealed that a general diet can profoundly affect the consequence of blood pressure. It has been shown that high intake of sodium can result in high blood pressure.  On the other hand dietary potassium can lower pressure by thwarting the side effects of sodium. Examples of food containing potassium are fruits, vegetables, milk and yoghurt.

What do the Studies Say?

Americans can achieve the required intake of both potassium and sodium by following the advice of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). The DASH program has a high content of vegetables, fruits and quite a number of low fat dairy products (also included in this is a daily serving of one ounce of regular cheese). This diet was found to lower blood pressure more rapidly than diets with no dairy intake.

Other research studies have also found that dairy foods also reduced hypertension. A certain cross-section study of 5000 individuals found that consuming three or more servings of dairy products daily produced lower blood pressure, when compared to individuals who consumed less than half the dairy servings.

With the release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the education of Americans about the placement of products with DASH diet will become significant. The Dietary Guidelines will focus on positive methods to lower the risk associated with elevated blood pressure, which includes following the DASH diet. This guideline recommends that sodium consumption should be less than 2,300 milligrams.

Nutritionists generally advise that there should be a total change in diet and lifestyle, to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. It is important to demonstrate that nutrient-rich dairy foods are essential for a heart healthy diet such as DASH. The Innovation Center for US Dairy provides the tools needed for educating Americans about the role of dairy products in achieving a balanced nutrient diet with the purpose of assisting Americans reach their health objectives.

New Technology Helps The Cheese Industry

Aside from educating the general public about the role played by dairy products in the DASH Diet, the center also helps in regulating cheese manufactures so that the sodium input is reduced by the usage of rapid sodium testing technology.

The rapid testing is developed in collaboration with 80% of the US cheese industry in terms of volume. While the cheese is being made the new technology would test the levels of sodium in the cheese. The technology would reduce the variability of sodium input by batches and thus enable cheese producers to lower and control the levels of sodium.

Following three years of development, the rapid sodium testing technology is being made available in partner manufacturing facilities this spring.

With the increase and adaption of the best practices within the industry, millions of Americans living with high blood pressure can use dairy products because of its inclusion in the DASH diet and because the dairy products are lowered in sodium content and are rich in nutrients. This understanding is something which will make the industry proud.