Heart Healthy Qui-What? Quinoa!
Hopefully you've had a chance to read our other post on healthy heart recipes such as the one on Bananas or Sweet Potatoes! If you're someone who enjoys eating when you're stressed, like I do, we've also posted 5 foods that can help reduce stress. All the recipes and snacks we feature are to benefit your heart by lowering blood pressure and kicking hypertension in the butt, all while keeping the flavor! This time, we are focusing on Quinoa.
This "Super Grain" can lower BP & cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar
"Mother of all Grains" as the Incas called it, was given to their warrior because it was thought to increase stamina. Quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods with almost twice as much fiber as many other grains! It's loaded with heart-smart potassium and magnesium and is naturally gluten free. Not only does quinoa help normalize blood pressure and triglyceride levels, it's a great food for diabetes and weight loss as well! Now, let us share with you a few great recipes that we found.Amazing Spaghetti and Quinoa Meatballs Tasty Quinoa Patties Delicious Quinoa Mac and CheeseEasy Quinoa Indian CurryDelightful Quinoa Almond Joy BarsSources:
Hello Heart does not provide medical advice. You should always consult with your doctor about your individual care.
1. Gazit T, Gutman M, Beatty AL. Assessment of Hypertension Control Among Adults Participating in a Mobile Technology Blood Pressure Self-management Program. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(10):e2127008, https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.27008. Accessed October 19, 2022. (Some study authors are employed by Hello Heart. Because of the observational nature of the study, causal conclusions cannot be made. See additional important study limitations in the publication. This study showed that 108 participants with baseline blood pressure over 140/90 who had been enrolled in the program for 3 years and had application activity during weeks 148-163 were able to reduce their blood pressure by 21 mmHg using the Hello Heart program.) (2) Livongo Health, Inc. Form S-1 Registration Statement. https:/www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1639225/000119312519185159/d731249ds1.htm. Published June 28, 2019. Accessed October 19, 2022. (In a pilot study that lasted six weeks, individuals starting with a blood pressure of greater than 140/90 mmHg, on average, had a 10 mmHG reduction.) NOTE: This comparison is not based on a head-to-head study, and the difference in results may be due in part to different study protocols.
2. Validation Institute. 2021 Validation Report (Valid Through October 2022). https://validationinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Hello_Heart-Savings-2021- Final.pdf. Published October 2021. Accessed October 19, 2022. (This analysis was commissioned by Hello Heart, which provided a summary report of self-fundedemployer client medical claims data for 203 Hello Heart users and 200 non-users from 2017-2020. Findings have not been subjected to peer review.)